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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Features take space.
by Ravyne on Wed 30th Jan 2013 03:07 UTC
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It's not the best showing, but I imagine a good chunk of that space is tied up in a few things:

There's probably a 4 or 8 gig page file.
There's probably a 3 or 4 gig hibernation file.
There's probably a sizable restore partition.
There's probably a sizable backup partition.
There's probably a sizable cache of drivers.

Those features are yours to give up with the proper configuration and cleansing of the drive but, such as they are, they cost disk space.

I hope and assume they've done due diligence in getting rid of anything frivolous that would not be easily removed by an end user, but this story isn't entirely new.

I recently bought a laptop and installed a 256GB SSD and 32 gigabytes of RAM -- Because the size of the page file and hibernation file are based on the amount of installed RAM, they were eating up near 50GB of disk space on their own. I disabled both, as SSD and gobs of RAM negate the need for either (I can sleep the machine, but not hibernate it).

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