Originally Posted by jcde7ago
You're still missing the point - regardless of the amount of storage space, the same problem will be inherent.
Yes, the leftover space is less than on the 128gb but in reality, it's still proportional, and one can expect close to 40gb of free space when all is said and done on the 64gb model.
Besides, MS is looking for people to buy the 128 over the 64, considering that they manufactured less of the 64gb version in this first run.
People buying the 64gb should already know that space is going to be tighter with a full Windows OS install, and that's really the bigger issue at hand. There is a microSDXC slot and a USB 3.0 slot if those people need more storage, but otherwise, if just having a Win 8 Pro hybrid is the main concern, the 64gb model should more than suffice.
Actually you're the one missing the point - the problem is not the same and it's not inherent because nobody complains about recovery partitions on laptops with 320 or 500 GB HDDs because relatively speaking the recovery partition is a small percentage of the used space, which makes it irrelevant in the mind of the consumer, it's a non issue.
The point is that on the 64 GB model the chance for people to be badly impressed by having 50% or less of available space, requiring them to have or purchase a 16 GB flash drive to move the recovery partition to, is higher than for those who buy the 128 GB model.
Yes, people who want more free space should buy the more expensive model, that is obvious, but it's also obvious it's a bad marketing strategy to sell a PC that is specifically advertised with its storage capacity in the name for consumers to then realize that half or more than half is not readily usable.
Originally Posted by cubanresourceful
Using the chart above, OSX takes 22.7% of the 128GB drive. Using the number in Base 2, (~119GB), OSX uses 27.04GB. So yeah...that's pretty hefty on a 64GB SSD, just like Windows....
So, what to take away from this? If you want space, don't get a 64GB drive.
The same principle applies to Apple. I don't own, nor have ever owned nor intend to own a single device made by Apple, so I guess I can be coherent, just in case you're wondering. But truth be told, they don't advertise their MacBook Air with the SSD capacity in the name like Microsoft does. The problem is that Microsoft is advertising the Surface Pro as tablet makers advertise their tablets, but forgets that the two most popular OSes powering tablets use far less storage space than Windows 8, and this is Microsoft's main marketing problem with the 64 GB Surface Pro.
Personally, I would simply opt for another naming scheme to avoid part of the problem, and also provide a flash drive with the recovery partition.Edited by tpi2007 - 2/8/13 at 1:01am