Microsoft Surface Pro to Have Much Less Available User Storage Than Specified

Consumers who are planning to purchase a Surface Pro tablet when it debuts on February 8, 2013, are advised to think long and hard about the amount of internal storage they need. As it turns out, Surface Pro tablets are data hogs, leaving users with far less storage to play with than advertised due to the space required to install Windows and all the of the pre-loaded apps.

Those who purchase a 64GB Surface Pro ($899) will discover just 23GB of available space for their own files, while the 128GB version leaves users with 83GB of storage.

Less storage space than advertised isn't something that's unique to Microsoft by any means, but the reason it's drawing so much Internet attention is because Surface Pro gobbles up more storage than most of its competitors, up to 45GB right out of the box.

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Much ado about nothing?

"Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives," Microsoft said in a statement. "Surface also comes preloaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free."

Surface Pro also comes with a MicroSDXC card slot for an additional 64GB of storage space, provided you pony up for a memory card. And yet another option is to create a backup bootable USB device and delete the recovery partition, Microsoft adds.