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TMCNet:  Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB: Only 23GB available to users [Hardware] [Times of India]

[February 01, 2013]

Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB: Only 23GB available to users [Hardware] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NEW DELHI: If you are considering buying Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablet, you may be surprised how less storage space you get in the hard disk. The device, which is slated to hit the shelves on February 9, will have just 36% of the total advertised capacity. This was confirmed by the world's biggest software maker to technology website The Verge.


Microsoft Surface Pro's basic version features 64GB onboard storage, wherein just 23GB is available for users, while the rest is meant for Windows 8, in-built apps and recovery drive. Similarly, the 128GB version of Surface Pro will offer 83GB of space to consumers.

However, users can alter the out-of-the-box configuration of these devices by deleting the recovery partition and creating a back-up bootable USB, suggests the company according to The Verge.

The other version of Microsoft's tablet - Surface - also suffered from a similar problem. The 32GB and 64GB variants of the device offered only 16GB and 46GB storage capacity to users, respectively. A Californian lawyer even sued Microsoft for this huge gap in advertised and actual storage levels in the company's tablet.

Buyers of Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro can use USB 3.0 hard drives as well as microSDXC cards for storage expansion in the two tablets.

This disparity in storage capacities is a common problem in electronic gadgets, but in most devices the discrepancy is not this high. Apple iPad's 16GB and 32GB models have only 14.3GB and 28GB user accessible memory, respectively. Apple recently announced a 128GB version of iPad between $799 and $929, which will help it ward off competition from Microsoft's Surface Pro, whose price starts at $899.

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