- 12-28-2012, 09:06 PM #1
Using the file explorer I see available space 10.1GB, used 14.8. Drill down further
program files: 1GB
users : 2GB
windows : 8GB
other folders are of small sizes in MBs.
where Did the rest go?
I should have 13GB remaining.
did a disk clean up
recycle bin is empty
Did a reset two weeks ago. Need to do another reset right after as advised by MS support. Surface could not do it because of limited disk space. Had to call support.
12-29-2012, 08:11 AM #6
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Another thing to note which is kind of odd, is that all of the built-in apps have been updated. However Microsoft doesn't remove the old versions of in the windows apps folder. So if you make a new account on your tablet, it will install the factory default versions of the apps and not the updated ones. The way they store stuff on the surface is a bit quirky, I must admit. Needs to be updated for sure.
- 12-29-2012, 11:11 AM #9
- 12-30-2012, 03:14 PM #13
After calling Microsoft, I was advised to reset the surface. I did. The problem is not solved. I was asked to reset it again. Surface cannot reset, complaining not enough space. Is that by design? Or should I ask "Is it behaving as designed?"
If all bugs are by design, I have to say that the design is really bad. I hope that you are not a member of surface team. Otherwise, there is no hope.
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- 01-01-2013, 03:02 PM #21
I've experienced first hand being down to close to 1GB of space remaining on my surface after a few weeks use. That's with no media files on the main drive either; I've got those on a microsd after a bit of hacking to get libraries working with it. (Which is another issue Microsoft needs to straighten out.) After running disk cleanup (some big error reporting files in particular) and clearing out the softwaredistribution/download directory, I was back to nearly 10GB. That's crazy.
I've got no particular difficulty doing things like this, but the whole idea behind Windows 8/Windows RT is that it's supposed to be simpler and more "device-like" for this new era of computing. I don't think sucking up the users' disk space or making them manually clean up after the system is consistent with that goal. Not to mention that this just adds to the meme that Windows is "bloated". No normal person with a Windows table who finds their storage running low is going to say "gosh, I'm so glad MS is keeping all this stuff around for diagnostic purposes on the off chance something goes wrong." They're going to say "Windows is so bloated. Look how quickly a 32GB Surface fills up compared to a 16GB iPad (or Kindle Fire or Nexus tablet)."
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