Originally Posted by jcde7ago
Wow, you wrote so much to refute something that very few people have actually complained about. This whole marketing problem
lies with the 64 GB version where almost two thirds of the space it taken up, not the 128 GB version, where the proportions are the exact opposite - one third is used, you get two thirds of space free - it's not really the same thing - the second situation is a lot more reasonable, the first isn't. This is why nobody complains that a Laptop comes with the recovery partition on the HDD - because relatively
speaking, the amount of space taken by the recovery partition on a 320 - 500 GB HDD, is much, much smaller than TWO THIRDS of the storage space. Even Ultrabooks of this price range come with a 128 GB SSD, so proportionally speaking it's a much more reasonable situation.
Originally Posted by kenpachiroks
Three kinds of people in this thread
1. Those who hate on MS, call it an unacceptable outrage etc etc.
2. Those who say they understand why it is the way it is. But MS should have done something about it as "41GB of 64 used" sounds extreme.(Recovery on external SDXC/ provide external memory along with it/allow uninstalls of unwanted software)
3. Those who believe MS should not be explaining or changing anything, while hating the haters.
Exactly. Some people here will just defend Microsoft like there's no tomorrow and admit to no fault on their part; also to them these tablets will only be used by power users, who know exactly what to do to reclaim disk space and won't be annoyed that their first experience will be to buy a big enough SD card and learn how to move the recovery partition to the card - hardly the best consumer friendly experience.
Originally Posted by CaptainChaos
So in essence what you're saying is, there is no other viable option for MS and this is the best way to handle it?
Originally Posted by jcde7ago
But Microsoft is obviously doing it wrong, cause what if joe schmo-average businessman buys a Surface Pro expecting it to be an iPad-like device?!?! What then when they find out they're NOT getting 128 GB (or even 115 GB) of useable storage space cause it's NOT iOS and instead is a full-blown 64-bit Windows 8 install?! Oh, the humanity!
The article/or rather the headline is obviously a bit much, but please dont act like there isn't a significant amount of storage space that is being take up, and that werent any simple alternatives.
There are, but people insist on excusing Microsoft. Personally, I couldn't care less, I know what to do if I were to get one, but not everybody cruises tech forums and just likes to have a good experience from day one, and this product is supposed to be the big thing for Microsoft, so if they had just absorbed the cost and bundled an SD card with the recovery partition for both models, we wouldn't be having this conversation. This is "Part 1: making a good first impression." With the next iteration of Surface Pro, with the entry level version having a 128 GB SSD and the high end having a 256 GB SSD, they could much more easily get to "Part 2: get away with bundling the recovery partition on the SSD, because proportionally speaking, it's much more reasonable than the current situation with the 64 GB model."Edited by tpi2007 - 1/30/13 at 4:22pm