Amount of free space on a Surface Pro 64GB after clean-up is around 40GB

Discussion in 'Microsoft Surface Pro' started by HoHo, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. HoHo

    HoHo New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tracy, California, USA
    For those who are curious about the amount of free space available on the Surface Pro 64GB. I got about 40GB free after performing cleanups.

    There is a Recovery partition for Windows 8 that eats up 8GB of space. The Recover partition is used by the Reset feature if you need restoring your Surface Pro to factory settings. You can recover this space by off-loading this partition to an USB drive (needs at least 8GB).

    Go to the Control Panel, select Recovery, there is an option to create a USB Recovery drive. I used a 16GB USB drive since that was the only one I had. The backup took about 10 minutes. After the backup, it prompts whether you want to delete the Recovery partition and recover the space to drive C. I chose yes.

    After that, I removed Office 2013 since I won't be purchasing a license. Lastly, I go to Administrative Tools and ran Disk Cleanup and select the Clean up system files button. After the cleanup, I got about 40GB free. There is enough room for many programs. All my data will be stored on my 64GB micro SDXC card.

    Not too bad at all.
     
  2. J515OP

    J515OP Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Messages:
    2,177
    Likes Received:
    262
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Northern CA
    My Device:
    RT
  3. bosamar

    bosamar Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    Messages:
    1,453
    Likes Received:
    78
    Trophy Points:
    48
    My Device:
    RT
    Plus with the microSD and taking advantage of the cloud it's a good way to go.
     
  4. mtalinm

    mtalinm Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    602
    Likes Received:
    85
    Trophy Points:
    28
    what exactly is the risk of deleting the recovery partition? 7G is a lot of space, so I doubt they'd sacrifice that if it weren't impt.

    that said, in 20 years of using PCs I don't ever recall making use of one..
     
  5. bosamar

    bosamar Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    Messages:
    1,453
    Likes Received:
    78
    Trophy Points:
    48
    My Device:
    RT
    He did not abandon it, It was removed to a USB stick.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
64gb surface pro free space
,
free space on 64gb surface pro
,
free up space on surface pro
,
free up space surface pro
,
how to free up space on surface pro
,
surface pro 64 gb free space
,
surface pro 64g free space
,

surface pro 64gb free space

,

surface pro clean up

,
surface pro free up space