02-06-2013 04:19 PM
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  1. coolqf's Avatar
    I like how sites like Gizmodo talk about Apples 128GB iPad and say no one needs it because everything is moving / should be stored in the cloud but bash MS because their tablet doesn't have a ton of local storage.
    The iPad uses less than 5gb and the surface pro uses close to 40gb out of the box. You could download the 20 most famous apps for iPad and the same for surface pro, and the iPad would still have storage to spare.

    Out of the box the 64gb surface pro loses points due to reduced versatility.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
    01-30-2013 10:04 AM
  2. evilrobot's Avatar
    There it is, the reply to my question. It is SDXC but only up to 64gb, which is a shame since there's 128gb cards now and that would've alleviated the storage situation. Oh well...
    Can you provide a link to a 128GB micro sdxc? I'm pretty sure they don't exist.
    01-30-2013 02:06 PM
  3. evilrobot's Avatar
    So, it looks like I'm going to have to move my My Documents, My Videos, and My Pictures folders to an external hdd. I do this on my desktop PC without any problems, but I ALWAYS have that external hdd plugged in. Anybody happen to know what happens if you do that and then remove the external hdd?
    01-30-2013 02:08 PM
  4. conanheath's Avatar
    Can you provide a link to a 128GB micro sdxc? I'm pretty sure they don't exist.
    You're right, they don't exist. SDXC does support up to 128gb and I did see micro 128gb in a news piece once. Only problem was it retailed for $1000 and I, like you, have never found one. For all I know it could have been photo shopped. It was a Lexar from what I remember.

    I have my RT set up to save music and photos to micro SD and my documents are still saved on internal. On 64gb RT, I still have 45gb available on device with RT office suite and all apps and 10gb available on SD. The limited memory can be worked with, you just can't have more than 64gb and have it all stored in same place. Indexing on SD is still an issue. It would be nice if 128gb micro did exist and it was affordable.
    01-30-2013 03:11 PM
  5. coolqf's Avatar
    So, it looks like I'm going to have to move my My Documents, My Videos, and My Pictures folders to an external hdd. I do this on my desktop PC without any problems, but I ALWAYS have that external hdd plugged in. Anybody happen to know what happens if you do that and then remove the external hdd?
    I did this once with windows 7 and the result was the folders defaulting to the original location if it's not found

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
    01-30-2013 04:06 PM
  6. evilrobot's Avatar
    I did this once with windows 7 and the result was the folders defaulting to the original location if it's not found

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    Nice! Do you happen to know if it automatically goes back when you plug it back in?
    01-30-2013 04:15 PM
  7. coolqf's Avatar
    Nice! Do you happen to know if it automatically goes back when you plug it back in?
    On windows 7, I had to update the folder location. Easy to do, but a pain in the butt. As a result I know longer redirect default folders to external drives

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    01-30-2013 04:17 PM
  8. evilrobot's Avatar
    On windows 7, I had to update the folder location. Easy to do, but a pain in the butt. As a result I know longer redirect default folders to external drives

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
    Ah, well yeah that's a problem :( This is going to be for my non-techie wife so that can't happen. Guess I'm back to hoping that the SSD is user replaceable. Thanks for the info!
    01-30-2013 04:23 PM
  9. KLinCHI's Avatar
    People are also forgetting you can copy your backup to a external device and delete the partition. Freeing up space
    Is this something a non-tech savvy person can do without too much trouble or messing up their unit?
    01-30-2013 05:26 PM
  10. Po_MD's Avatar
    Is this something a non-tech savvy person can do without too much trouble or messing up their unit?
    With all the DIYs and How-Tos, it's a cakewalk.
    01-30-2013 06:20 PM
  11. coolqf's Avatar
    Is this something a non-tech savvy person can do without too much trouble or messing up their unit?
    Yes, but the instructions have to be followed... There's always a risk of making your system unusable or accidental complete data loss....

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    01-30-2013 11:44 PM
  12. astondg's Avatar
    Are you talking about actually moving the default location for the user profiles off to another drive? Or just a few folders like My Documents? I did the former on my desktop and when the drive isn't there W7 cr @ps itself. I managed to log in in safe mode but the OS was a mess.
    01-31-2013 02:41 AM
  13. darthhen's Avatar
    Are you talking about actually moving the default location for the user profiles off to another drive? Or just a few folders like My Documents? I did the former on my desktop and when the drive isn't there W7 cr @ps itself. I managed to log in in safe mode but the OS was a mess.
    Yeah, I have a friend that's pretty technie and he screwed up Windows 7 as well when he tried to move the user directory.

    I've been monitoring this thread. My own opinion is that 83GB out of 128GB as usable space is pretty weak. Although that there external drives that can be used for more storage, it still doesn't make the situation any better. The latency and access speeds will be lower on the microSDXC compared to the SSD. I have large files that I access and the microSDXC will be an issue. On top of that, I don't always carry my external USB drives with me. All that being said, at the end of the day, it is what it is. Guess it's hacking time...
    01-31-2013 09:06 AM
  14. cj-m's Avatar
    Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Mobile Device Storage with Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming is always an option...
    01-31-2013 12:19 PM
  15. TeknoBlast's Avatar
    Serious 83GB is not enough for some of you? I have the Surface RT 64GB and I never fill that bad boy up. If you load it up with movies or shows, how long do you really keep them on the tablet for permanent storage. Once I complete a movie or episode of a show, I delete it. There's really no need to keep the media files on the tablet long term.

    I'm thinking some people just want to complain for the sake of complaining.
    02-06-2013 12:43 PM
  16. evilrobot's Avatar
    Serious 83GB is not enough for some of you? I have the Surface RT 64GB and I never fill that bad boy up. If you load it up with movies or shows, how long do you really keep them on the tablet for permanent storage. Once I complete a movie or episode of a show, I delete it. There's really no need to keep the media files on the tablet long term.

    I'm thinking some people just want to complain for the sake of complaining.
    It sounds like maybe you're missing the Pro part of Surface Pro - I would assume that most of us complaining (at least in my case) are wanting to use it in a professional capacity. As a web developer I'm not planning on storing ANY movies or shows on the device. I could easily fill out that amount with client files alone, then there are VMs for testing, development tools and environments, Creative Suite, etc... Also, as a a gamer - a little space left over for Steam and some games would be nice. My wife, a professional artist, has over 100GB of picture files, hi-res artwork photos etc. We pay MS for 100GB of skydrive space (on top of the 25gb free for 125GB total) to backup to the cloud. We keep her My Pictures and My Documents folders in there (changing the location inside the skydrive folder via properties->location so that apps default to the correct location) - it would be nice to have enough free space to be able to sync skydrive to the device without having to always carry around a portable HDD.
    02-06-2013 01:05 PM
  17. conanheath's Avatar
    Serious 83GB is not enough for some of you? I have the Surface RT 64GB and I never fill that bad boy up. If you load it up with movies or shows, how long do you really keep them on the tablet for permanent storage. Once I complete a movie or episode of a show, I delete it. There's really no need to keep the media files on the tablet long term.

    I'm thinking some people just want to complain for the sake of complaining.
    This is pre office, pre photo shop and any other legacy/app store apps. I could see this going to 50gig real quick with a few programs and peripherals. Not to mention drivers and backup partitions. I have 50 gig of music alone. And I'm assuming here, but external storage indexing is a nightmare on RT. I assume the same will persist to Pro. And you can forget about the 64gig model. Who is going to spend $1000 on a laptop with less memory than their phone? I won't even consider a laptop with less than 500gb. Might as well get a Chrome book and save yourself $600.
    02-06-2013 03:28 PM
  18. theefman's Avatar
    This is pre office, pre photo shop and any other legacy/app store apps. I could see this going to 50gig real quick with a few programs and peripherals. Not to mention drivers and backup partitions. I have 50 gig of music alone. And I'm assuming here, but external storage indexing is a nightmare on RT. I assume the same will persist to Pro. And you can forget about the 64gig model. Who is going to spend $1000 on a laptop with less memory than their phone? I won't even consider a laptop with less than 500gb. Might as well get a Chrome book and save yourself $600.
    The standard install actually include an Office 2013 trial install @ 2.3GB + 8GB for the recovery partition. Add to that the revised estimate of free storage being increased by 6-7GB and it really should be enough for most people. If more is needed then none of the Surface options would be suitable and no point at all buying one.
    02-06-2013 04:19 PM
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