Windows RT takes up half the storage on 32GB Microsoft Surface

Windows RT takes up half the storage on 32GB Microsoft SurfaceWhen the Microsoft Surface RT was announced with a choice of 32GB or 64GB internal storage, more than a few eyebrows were raised. A 16GB Microsoft Surface would inevitably be cheaper, and the Nexus 7 (initially) stooped to 8GB.

Now we know exactly why the Microsoft Surface RT starts at 32GB, namely because the OS and related files take up a whopping 16GB storage.

Yep, when you shell out for a 32GB Microsoft Surface, you’re really only getting 16GB internal storage to play with.

The other half is reserved for Windows RT, Microsoft Office, system files, and Windows recovery tools and the like.

Meanwhile, users of the 64GB Microsoft Surface take an 18GB hit, leaving 46GB internal storage to use as they please.

Of course, the Microsoft Surface supports external storage in the form of microSD and USB, so it's not the end of the world.

And losing a few GB is to be expected. For examples, on my third gen not-so-“new” iPad, I have access to 28GB of the 32GB total. But Microsoft has possibly set some sort of record.

It’s all the more surprising when you remember we’re talking about the Microsoft Surface RT, which runs a supposedly stripped down version of Windows 8.

The Intel-fuelled Microsoft Surface Pro with full-fat Windows 8 will follow… at some point.

via: The Verge

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 14:36

Excellent. What's it like on WP? How much user available space on, say, a 16GB device?

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 15:13

No one seems to have mentioned that it's a good question.

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 15:18

Must be rather lower though or the 8s will need memory card for just the os :)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 16:22

Yeah... I had the HD7...for 2 days, and couldn't get Zune to work, so I never even checked how much storage it had free for user's delight.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 16:25

...having said that - I think the 16GB OneX or S that I used had 9.5 GB free... quite a chunk missing, too. My 16GB Nokia N9 gives me 12.2GB - the PR1.3 update was a 1.3GB download!!!

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 16:39

One s is the 16gb one, that's some chunk for android. Wonder what they've done with it all.
Imagine what an RT update could be like then...
That 1.3gb could be a really fast download (across 3 months) on EE 4G 500mb/month :)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 16:47

One s is the 16gb one, that's some chunk for android. Wonder what they've done with it all.
Imagine what an RT update could be like then...
That 1.3gb could be a really fast download (across 3 months) on EE 4G 500mb/month :)


hahaha yeah...if that download could be resumed ;)

Pondlife  Nov. 16, 2012 at 21:02

OK, it’s a bit odd that the 32GB Surface actually only turns up with 16GB of space, because Windows RT takes up half of it, but suing Microsoft? Really? Why don’t you just stick an SD in there and call it a day? What’s wrong with you?

A lawyer, from California, took offense to the fact that he quickly filled up his 32GB Surface because of the limited space. Despite Microsoft actually stating the free space in the fine print on its site, Andrew Sokolowski insists that he’s been swindled, and not only wants Microsoft to change its adverts, but damages as well.


http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/11/man-sues-microsoft-instead-of-just-sticking-an-sd-card-into-his-surface/

Well that's one response I guess....

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