Microsoft Surface Pro only gives 23GB out of 64GB storage

By on January 30, 2013
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Unless you create your own recovery USB.

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Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro tablets seem to be having a bit of a storage crisis. Apparently the 64GB version will only come with 23GB of free hard drive space, while the 128GB version comes with 83GB free.

The reason, according to Microsoft, is that 41GB will be used up for pre-loaded apps (commonly known as bloatware found in laptops) as well as a recovery partition. Talking to The Verge, Microsoft says that by ”creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition,” users will be able to free up a lot of hard drive space.

Add to the empty space created by deleting the recovery partition is a microSDXC slot which should help increase storage space by a large margin, the Surface Pro’s storage issues aren’t as bad as they appear to be at first sight.  Still, by not providing a recovery USB along with the Surface Pro, Microsoft has created a very bad image for an out-of-the-box experience of their upcoming tablets.


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