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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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Fri 16th Nov 2012 08:47 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

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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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 16th Nov 2012 10:26 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

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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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lorin on Fri 16th Nov 2012 13:46 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

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.


Except that they state "32GB of Storage Space" a big difference from what everyone else says

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by bert64 on Sat 17th Nov 2012 12:16 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

There is also some level of expectation, based on competing products...

Android tablets use about 1GB of space for the OS overhead, iOS tablets are fairly similar... The surface uses 16 times more space! You don't expect such a massive difference between products which target the same market, advertise a similar level of specification and cost roughly the same.

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