Free space magic in Microsoft Surface Tablet, 32 is 16 and 64 is 45
If you’re planning to buy a Surface tablet from Microsoft and you care about the storage space on it then you should be warned. Microsoft has a page on their website that states how many free space you’ll have when you buy a Surface tablet. There are two versions, a 32 GB version and a 64 GB version.
But when you buy the 32 GB version you’ll only get 16 GB of space and when you purchase the 64 GB version there will only be 45 GB of storage space available. While it’s normal for a computer device to have some of the storage taken up by the operating system, on the 32 GB version you lose 50% of the original space, on the 64 GB version you lose 30%.
The space is used, according to Microsoft, for Windows recovery tools (5GB) and Windows RT, Office and built-in apps. You already loose 10% due to the fact that Microsoft advertises the storage space in a decimal system, while the tablet itself uses a binary system which means that 1GB advertised equals to 0.93 GB actual space on the tablet.
Of course on laptops and desktops also some of the freespace is taken up by the operating system and sometimes by pre-installed software. But then it’s usually no more than 5% of the available storage (e.g. 10 GB on a 500 GB HDD).
There are 6 comments
- MyCE Member
- Posted on: 06 Nov 12 17:51
- MyCE Resident
- Posted on: 06 Nov 12 21:43
Part of that discrepancy is the 1024 bytes per KB factor used by marketing.
On Surface, 64 GB is also 58 GB but with nothing installed !
So to answer it doesn't compare well to iOS, can't speak for Android. iOS doesn't have 5 GB alone for recovery and I don't think Office takes most of the other 8 GB either. So its looking like it takes at least 10 GB for Windows and the other built in apps, maybe more. What a joke. I bet there's a C:i386 folder on the HDD
- MyCE Senior Member
- Posted on: 07 Nov 12 05:46
Of course I've felt that same why about Nero for years, yet they still have ridiculous system requirements for a program geared towards something as simple as sending burning commands to a disk burner.
- Senior Moderator
- Posted on: 07 Nov 12 07:27
- Mr. Belvedere
- MyCE Resident
- Posted on: 07 Nov 12 15:20
Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
To tell me that Microsoft couldn't reduce the space required by mobile versions of Windows/Office to less than 16 gigs is ridiculous.
- New Member
- Posted on: 07 Nov 12 18:00
So these portable Linux installs make our life much easier for computer repairs, as we just boot from usb or cdrom . Before this was a pain in the ass ( years ago) When knopix linux came out I jumped right in and started using it.
as of Right now we rely exclusively on Puppy Linux ( Slacko Puppy)
The biggest problem when repairing a PC is hooking up a drive to the same os you are trying to fix to back up as you are doomed to any crap in that os such as the infamous and virtually impossible to remove Brontok as soon as you hook up a flash drive, an sd card , removable usb drive brontok will auto copy itself to the new drives.
We have become experts at brontok at my store. We added some custom batch commands ran in the Puppy liinux terminal and boot into the system with the flash drive and run our tools. Since Brontok infects running critical processes ( Fail on Microsoft!!) We always boot the machine with puppy linux flash drives to look for Brontok as that thng is a pain in the ass to remove.
I have no idea how microsoft allows any modifications to running critical processes like CSRSS.exe by Brontok as even the local ADMIN does not have access to it!! FAIL MICROSOFT JUST PURE FAIL!!!!
Back to the point no tool out there commercial or free can fully remove brontok.
What I recomend to less experienced users is I install Mallwarebytes or Spybot.
The problem with Brontok is it's spreads over any removable drives so SD cards from cameras get infected easily and on an on!!
I hate brontok!! However with my tools and Puppy Linux we can get rid of it by asking the customers to bring in any removable drives or sd cards so we clean them too. We kept getting the same people back with the same problem until we forced the customer to bring in all removable media.
Windows 8 Go TO is a major ass FAIL! TO BIG
Don't even get me started on the NX bit that you need to have to install Windows 8 BIG ASS FAIL!!!
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