1. bulls96's Avatar
    I am currently using an rt w 64 GB and I'm down to 6gb main memory. I have a 64gb micro sd and its down to 6 GB as well. Mostly pictures.

    I'm also contemplating upgrading to a pro device and was wondering how you guys with 64gb models are doing. What apps (or programs) you have installed?

    Does your sd card play well with the whole system? Does the surface see the multimedia content in there?

    Thanks!

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    05-24-2014 02:42 PM
  2. onlysublime's Avatar
    64 MB won't last long enough if you plan to do real work and install big programs. SD card will partially help but so much data still has to go on the primary drive C: Windows apps must be on drive C (unless you move symbolic links which are pains to manage). Even if you install some programs on your flash memory, they'll still install parts on drive C.

    Start installing big programs like Adobe software and it will cause your drive C to disappear fast.

    I'd get a 128 GB as bare minimum and that's with light installation of software. For a machine that you'll keep for many years, 128 GB is not enough either and definitely not a laptop replacement at 128 GB.
    xandros9 likes this.
    05-26-2014 10:42 AM
  3. Jas00555's Avatar
    64 MB won't last long enough if you plan to do real work and install big programs. SD card will partially help but so much data still has to go on the primary drive C: Windows apps must be on drive C (unless you move symbolic links which are pains to manage). Even if you install some programs on your flash memory, they'll still install parts on drive C.

    Start installing big programs like Adobe software and it will cause your drive C to disappear fast.

    I'd get a 128 GB as bare minimum and that's with light installation of software. For a machine that you'll keep for many years, 128 GB is not enough either and definitely not a laptop replacement at 128 GB.
    64 MB won't work if you plan on installing Windows :p
    xboxonthego3 likes this.
    05-26-2014 10:49 AM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    64 MB won't work if you plan on installing Windows :p
    Maybe he/she/it is intending to install Windows CE?

    Actually though, if you used that much storage on the RT, the Pro model is only going to use more since it is more capable and it is likely you will load up more stuff.

    I have a 120 GB SSD in my laptop (my main machine however) and its really cutting it close. Only a few GB's of x86 games, also because of the less than great graphics. Photoshop and Inventor suck up storage space as well.

    The SD card can be used to store libraries and some x86 programs, but don't expect to put Windows on it.
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    05-26-2014 11:55 AM
  5. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I have 64gb, with a sd card. It's more than enough for me so far. Large files can be offload to the SD card, and my x86 programs that need to loaded to the C:\ haven't gobbled up all my space.

    My steam library is loaded on a 500GB portable external hard drive.
    05-27-2014 03:03 PM
  6. yeewiz's Avatar
    I had the RT with a 64GB microSD card. Photography is my passion so my RT was loaded with pictures. Problem is I ran out of space fast and had to keep juggling for GBs. When I was ready to upgrade to the SP2, I said I wasn't going to **** around. Actually, couldn't decide 256 or 512GB. Finally, said, "go do it". Got the 512.
    05-28-2014 08:58 PM
  7. RajeevT's Avatar
    I had the RT with a 64GB microSD card. Photography is my passion so my RT was loaded with pictures. Problem is I ran out of space fast and had to keep juggling for GBs. When I was ready to upgrade to the SP2, I said I wasn't going to **** around. Actually, couldn't decide 256 or 512GB. Finally, said, "go do it". Got the 512.
    When it comes to things like big photos (especially RAW images) I simply use an external USB-powered portable hard drive (have a couple of 2TBs and even a 4TB one). That's the advantage of having a full-sized USB port and an OS that can handle any peripheral.
    05-29-2014 04:37 AM
  8. Poirots Progeny's Avatar
    Agreed generally with the comments here - I have a pro 2 256 gb: I'm running out of space! I have adobe creative suite, office, sketchbook and some specialist tools and steam, with maybe four games... Down to about 40gb.

    I'm a photographer, amongst other things, and usb drives and hard drives are a must (I'm not a cloud person).

    I'd recommend going for as much hard drive space as you can afford, ram second to that.

    If you want this to last a long time then you really need to spend what you can, and not think about resale values... I'm looking at an i7 surface pro 3 in August, 512 gb, and wonder: It's never enough!!!

    RAW files are a killer (I'm using a cannon 70d and 5d) and post processing, well those files get large and with not enough ram and scratch disk...

    Spend what you can.

    Perhaps it's not what you want to hear but I hope it helps. The surface pro 2 is solid, as a work platform - I'd also get the power cover; you lose the back lighting, and it's heavier, but the longevity is sublime!

    Good luck!!
    05-29-2014 05:08 AM
  9. bulls96's Avatar
    Thanks for your responses!

    How much space does PhotoShop elements take up? Does it always need the hard drive connected specially if it manages your albums?
    05-29-2014 06:51 AM
  10. yeewiz's Avatar
    When it comes to things like big photos (especially RAW images) I simply use an external USB-powered portable hard drive (have a couple of 2TBs and even a 4TB one).
    I agree an external USB drive is essential too. I carry a 2TB with me when traveling. But when you're on the go, and you've just finished a day of shooting, you just need space on the SP2 to download the day's pictures. You can't get to the USB drive without first downloading to the SP2. The larger your internal drive is, the more play space you have to manage your current pictures until you have to backup to the USB drive. And let's not forget, portability and processing power is what the SP2 is about. I don't necessarily want to have to hook up a USB drive all the time in order to work, Bottom line still: get the biggest drive you can afford.
    05-29-2014 07:59 AM

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