Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2013 23:58 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has been absolutely pummeled in the press and in reader comments this week by pundits and customers alike. They feel cheated by the amount of free storage space available to them on the new line of Surface Pro devices. But is that criticism fair or even valid?" Spoiler alert: turns out, it isn't. Both devices have about the same free space available, and by creating a USB restore drive for Windows on the Surface, you can actually get a little more on the Surface Pro. Interestingly enough, Microsoft confirmed on Reddit that their original numbers - which caused the ruckus - were wrong, because they were based on pre-production hardware, with debug code and other additional stuff on it. Oh Microsoft.
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Given no media, I'd rather have it a restore partition than it be able to go to the internet.

Seeing as how Windows 8 can install in 15 minutes off of a DVD, it'll take more than 35 minutes just to download (if you're getting 2MB per second. I wish I got that kind of speed consistently). I'd rather have the space reserved.

I can see why they'd do this for most users, although I still must wonder why said recovery partition is taking up as much space as it is given the size of both Windows 7 and Office before installation. For me however, I generally do not need to reinstall my os unless the drive fails and, at that point, a recovery partition isn't exactly going to do me much good. I prefer recovery media and, at least with X86/64 machines (both PC and Macs) creating media and removing the recovery partition is still a choice I can make.

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