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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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 16th Nov 2012 10:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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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.

File system overhead (unless you're using FAT on something like a 1TB drive) is nothing. The real lie normally comes in the form of being told sizes in decimal units by the hard drive manufacturers to make their drives look bigger than they actually are on those hard drives and computer specs in the store, instead of binary units that virtually all operating systems have used and people expect. In this case, it's the operating system itself hogging half of the disk.

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