128GB Surface Pro Has Almost Same Usable Storage As the 128GB Macbook Air

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  1. dgstorm

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    It looks as if the complaints about the 128GB Surface Pro having a low amount of useable storage space are a bit overblown. The numbers are accurate. The difference is that the Surface Pro's competition, namely the Macbook Air, basically has the same problem. Here's a quote with some extra details,

    Additionally, there are ways to free up about 8GB of storage space off of the Surface Pro, that are not possible on the Macbook Air. There is a procedure that will allow you to move the contents of the large Windows 8 Recovery partition to a USB flash drive. The bottom line is that many folks in the community (and especially the press) have been overhyping this "issue" and blowing it way out of proportion. Share your opinion.

    Source: BGR
     
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    Ha ha, BGR still got it wrong. It looks like they made up the lower 85.3GB number since that doesn't appear anywhere in the original article (edit: I see they are using the free space as it appeared on their unit). According to ZDNet:

     
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    re: "Surface Pro 128: 89.7 GB (approx. 96.3 billion bytes) "

    Yup, out of the box, having done nothing but log on, it was 96.2. However, here is the interesting part, to me, at least: I installed Office Home & Business 2013, download install from MS Store. First surprise was how quickly it installed, although I was on the wired network for that; but after that, I have 95.9 available. Either (a) that is some pretty tight code, or (b) MS had parts of it lurking in there somewhere.

    Anyhow, this thing has so much storage, I may rent part of it out. :)

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    Another thought while you're squeezing the Surface Pro for more storage space: Turn off the Hibernation function and that will delete the hiberfil.sys file in the root of C: drive. Right now that file on the Pro is 3.3GB, and it can grow. I always turn if off on my systems, even though it's not a space issue, and probably will on this one before I'm done. Hibernation is for bears, anyway.

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