Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:43 UTC
Windows A California man is suing Microsoft, alledging that his Surface tablet did not provide the advertised amount of disk space. The 32G device has 16G of space for users, as the operating system uses the other 16G. The 64G Surface leaves 45G free for users. The case will turn on whether Microsoft has clearly explained to customers how much free space the Surface leaves for their use outside of the OS. How much disk space does your OS consume?
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by Drumhellar on Fri 16th Nov 2012 08:47 UTC
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Considering nearly device sold in the past at 30 years or so has less than the advertised storage amount, due to things such as file system overhead, OS and other included software, this should be more of a "buyer beware" situation.

It's shitty that Windows RT needs 12-16GB of space on a 32GB device, but it is easily discoverable either on the internet, or spending a few minutes with the device in a store, which is something you should probably do if you're going to spend $500+ on it.

My iPod advertised 8GB, but there was 7GB free (Now even less after I updated to the latest iOS available for this model).
Same applies to my Nokia Lumia.
Same applies to my laptop. Or the previous laptop.
People should realize that yes, included software takes up space. It's not difficult to find out how much.

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