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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What are they using those GB on?
by kwanbis on Fri 8th Feb 2013 01:10 UTC
kwanbis
Member since:
2005-07-06

IIRC, Windows 7 is 10GB, Office 2010 another 10GB. That is at most 20 GB. Where are the other 12 GB?

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Recovery partition, so if you need to reinstall you don't need to find a USB stick with Windows on it?

I believe that's what it is.

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

Of course, there's always taking advantage of the fact that they control the firmware, and making it grab from the internet...

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The recovery partition is larger than the installed OS? Surely these folk have heard of compression?

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kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

IIRC, Windows 7 (and i say 7 cause it the latest version i have used), ISO is 1.5GB, same for Office 2010, that is 3GB, lets say 5. Where are the other 7GB?

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martijn Member since:
2010-11-06

IIRC, Windows 7 is 10GB, Office 2010 another 10GB. That is at most 20 GB. Where are the other 12 GB?


No need to add all available drivers for win7. A complete installation with everything that is included on the desktop is also not neccesary. IMHO it should be easy to squeeze them together in less than 10Gb.
Any other combination of OS and Office Suit fits in that size.

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kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

You are very much right. I was just giving a worst case scenario. Even in that case, I do not understand what they are doing with 30 GIGABYTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF?!?!?!?!?!?

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