Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2013 18:47 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet, due on February 9th, will have a smaller amount of storage space than expected. A company spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge that the 64GB edition of Surface Pro will have 23GB of free storage out of the box. The 128GB model will have 83GB of free storage. It appears that the Windows 8 install, built-in apps, and a recovery partition will make up the 41GB total on the base Surface Pro model." Oh Microsoft.
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RE[2]: Marketing problem
by lustyd on Wed 30th Jan 2013 20:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Marketing problem"
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"a good chunk of that is simply filesystem overhead and other formatting"

Filesystem overhead and formatting is simple speak for the difference between decimal and binary storage capacities. Formatting uses almost no disk space, and there is no such thing as "filesystem overhead". Do the maths and you'll find that your formatted hard drive has almost exactly the capacity in Windows (the OSX thing is new to me so can't comment) as the manufacturer specified, except the manufacturer wrote something like "1 GB = 1 billion bytes" on the box but Microsoft coded it as 1024*1024*1024 bytes which is a bit different when you get to the TB range.

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