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Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
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bretus
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2/1/2013 | 10:31:30 AM
re: Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
It will probably gobble up hard drive space like all windows products do
So abscence of sd card slot is a bit stupid . not everyone wants to use the cloud.
SO WONT BE BUYING . But will buy if later models come with sd card slot .
Wonder if the battery is replaceable, since most laptop batteries only last 1 to 2 years.The battery in the surface pro will get quite a hammering given only about 4 to 5 hours use before recharge.
A tablet with windows 8 should come with at least 250GB with ability to expand .
If its got a laptop proccessor it should have laptop storage
I can not understand the logic of having sd slot in the RT and not in the PRO.
Surface Pro with decent storage would have made big inroads into ipads sales.
In other words i want a laptop tablet, when will someone make one?
AustinIT
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2/1/2013 | 6:25:12 AM
re: Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
Windows caches installation files in what is known as Side-By-Side. This is for "self healing" when files get corrupted, etc. You'll notice that many applications can be "repaired" in Programs and Features. Side by Side is where the repair files come from.

As they say... "You don't need it - until you Need it".
Johnnythegeek
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1/31/2013 | 10:21:25 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
I have always had issue with the storage capacity of any of these devices. iPads, Surface or other tablets.
The value to me is not the best and you pay a steep price (especially on Surface Pro) for a device with limited storage. Even though it does have abilities to use SD storage. I had a Apple Macbook Air when they first came out. I opted for 256Gb storage and not the standard 128. I was certainly glade I did. Because unlike IOS for the iPad. OSX has like Windows swelled in size and also added a restore partition to the added space taken up even before you load a single program, file or picture. In my view a lack of storage almost forces you to save in the cloud which has its own set of problems. Mainly security and access.
Plus I would much rather have my files stored inside a device on a Flash memory. Then risk losing a SD card full of my files or forget to bring it. That's just my thoughts.
Leo Regulus
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1/31/2013 | 9:41:22 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
Yes, it matters. No, it's not a 'Snafu'. (IMHO) It was planned that way.
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1/31/2013 | 8:50:54 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
One key issue with older windows, even with 7, it unnecessarily caches the installation files, service pack files during each update. Why do you ever need those files? People will not be using tablets as their main workstation, so like Google and apple devices, MS should just have the raw essential binaries in their tablet. Esepcially in an enterprise scenario, you could possibly host all these files in a central location and have it used whenever necessary. This where MS fails to innovate. They could do more with the existing tools and design, but they fail to think out of box.
Verdumont Monte
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1/31/2013 | 8:46:47 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
That is fine, but the key issue is, you cannot use it as a traditional windows desktop, unless you install stuff on the SDcard. With my past employer, we had lot of bloated tools, which would be a nice fit for the tablet environment, but needs gigabytes of space. One example on top of my head was the application which was used to project the sales figures in the form of "cubes", the application itself was not that big, but it stored the data without any compression, so 600 MB files for each month was "normal". If you advertise yourselves as "Enterprise friendly" device, these sort of basic stuff should not be compromised.
GAProgrammer
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1/31/2013 | 8:07:29 PM
re: Microsoft Surface Pro Storage Snafu: Does It Matter?
This article misses the point - the Surface Pro isn't BYOD. It's hardware that can be doles out by IT. It's the only tablet available, out of the box, that can be plugged into existing AD infrastructure. Also, it's impossible that the 128 GB won't cannibalize sales of the lesser models - only power users of the iPad (aka existing users) will be buying the 128GB version. That means those same buyers will not be buying the lesser version, which is cannibalism.

The jury is out still, but losing 70% of the lower Surface Pro is a big deal. I would be furious to pay $900 and find out I only have 30% of my drive to use.
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