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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Not to defend Microsoft but...
by Morgan on Fri 16th Nov 2012 09:46 UTC
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When I buy a computer with, say, a 500GB drive, I fully expect to see something more like 465GB due to GB/GiB shenanigans. On top of that, I know that the Microsoft OS du jour will take anywhere from 15-20GB by itself, and the restore partition (hidden or not) will take up another 10-20GB. At the worst extreme, that leaves me with 415GB when I paid for 500GB. That's 85GB of "missing" space, which as early as five years ago was a realistic size for an entire system drive.

That said, when you're dealing with disk sizes around 32GB and the mobile OS has an installed size of 16GB, there is indeed a problem. I think Microsoft should have advertised these devices based on the free space, and used a minimum of 64GB in the base model to avoid confusion and lost sales.

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