Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Surface Pro storage constrained by OS, bundled software

updated 08:30 pm EST, Tue January 29, 2013

Windows 8 and pre-installed software consume 41GB

Similar to issues Microsoft had with its Windows 8 RT edition of the Surface tablet, reports are now circulating that the forthcoming Surface Pro tablet will also have its storage constrained in a similar fashion. The 64GB edition of the Surface Pro will have just 23GB of storage free, and the high-end 128GB model will have 83GB, with remainder taken up by the OS and preinstalled apps.

Microsoft has claimed that users can free up a "small portion" of this space by "creating a backup bootable USB [device] and deleting the recovery partition" on the 128GB version. Electronista spoke with a Microsoft employee who said that "at this time, the restore partition is unique to each Surface Pro tablet, and it would be unwise to lose the backup partition."

Also unknown is how Microsoft will deal with OS updates and security patches. Microsoft's regular patches will need to be applied, and will continue to eat into the device's internal storage. Device storage can be expanded using the micro SDXC or USB 3.0 slots on the device.

The Surface Pro tablet will be available at retail in the US and Canada starting on February 9. The 64GB model retails for $900, and the 128GB model sells for $1,000.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News