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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phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

I think all my music albums I have come (in flac) to about 1 gig.


You have a seriously small music collection. My MP3 collection is over 64 GB (believe it comes out to 17 days worth of music when loaded fully into Clementine). Other have even larger collections.

At 720p I think I can get about a 10 hours of video on the thing depending on the codec being used.


So, if you load it full of videos, where do you store the music? Or pictures? Or documents?

If you store everything in "the cloud", then how do you access your data when you're camping outside of cell range? Or on a train without cell/wi-fi? Or on a plane without cell/wi-fi? Or on a cruise? Or any of the other times/areas without coverage?

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I said about 10 gig of music, I typoed the 0.

The point is

The amount of stuff people are trying to fit on there is longer than the device can be used before a recharge.

I suspect most people have wifi networks in their houses these days so either syncing with the cloud or syncing with another computer on the network isn't going to be hard.

Other file formats take up soo little room compared to videos.

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Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

I said about 10 gig of music, I typoed the 0.


That's still only around 30 albums in FLAC format, not a particularly massive collection. I'd want a larger selection of music than that on a trip out for the day.

The amount of stuff people are trying to fit on there is longer than the device can be used before a recharge.


So? That's like saying it only needs enough space to store a few ebooks, since it'll run out of power before anyone's finished reading them.

I want a decent selection of music and video to choose from. The music I want to listen to on the way to a conference might be completely different from the album I feel like hearing on the way home. More storage space means more choice and variety.

I suspect most people have wifi networks in their houses these days so either syncing with the cloud or syncing with another computer on the network isn't going to be hard.


It's still time consuming to shuffle around the contents between different storage and mobile devices.

Even with 40Gb storage in my MP3 player I still find it a bit annoying having to swap around albums. I usually find that the one I really wanted to listen to was one I removed to make space the last time I synced. On a portable computer I'm not just storing music, so to me 16Gb doesn't seem like much space at all.

To be fair I do think that the SDXC slot mitigates Surface's internal storage limitations. Hopefully it won't be too long before 128Gb-256Gb cards drop down in price.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

The point is

The amount of stuff people are trying to fit on there is longer than the device can be used before a recharge.

Pretty much everyone I know who owns a laptop uses it in a similar way to a standard desktop machine in that they leave it plugged in all the time. And honestly, if I had a similar machine, I would do the same, because battery power sucks. In that case, the number of hours worth of audio or video means nothing other than the time you spend watching or listening to it.

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