And the 32GB Surface Pro Will Have Just Enough Storage to Display the Start-Up Screen
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro tablets are built with either 128 gigabytes or 64GB of storage. But by the time they’re loaded up with Windows 8 and the other applications the company intends to ship with them, they’ll have nowhere near that amount.
Out of the box, the 128GB version of Surface Pro offers only 83GB of available storage, and the 64GB model just 23GB. That’s a sizable disparity between advertised storage space and actual storage space, and something for those considering dropping upward of $899 on the device to keep in mind.
To be fair, a portion of the 41GB of the unavailable storage with which Surface Pro ships is dedicated to a recovery partition that users can easily free up, but still. The 64 GB iPad has about 57 GB of available storage. My understanding is that the 128 GB will have about 121 GB, though I’ve not confirmed that.
Microsoft, for its part, stresses that any storage woes Surface Pro owners might encounter are easily solved by external drives and the like.
“Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives,” the company said in a statement. “Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7 GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64 GB of additional content to your device. Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition.”