Microsoft Surface Hard Drive Size Is Not An Issue

Yesterday, there have been numerous reports discussing the hard drive size of the Microsoft Surface Pro. I’ll be getting mine when they come out and will be getting the 128 GB size. Most of the world recognizes that 1 GB is 1024 MB and that 1 MB is 1024 KB and so on and so forth. But, in the hard drive manufacturer world, 1 KB is 1000 bytes. Strange right? Think about your last PC. Remember that 1 TB drive you though you had? Funny thing, it was actually just over 900 GB of useable space. There’s a great post that already calculated the math found at http://jasong.us/VmEBMW.

So, back to the Microsoft Surface Pro. We’ll cover the 128 GB machine. Before Microsoft even touched the drive, subtract the 9 GB for the manufacturer “rounding.” According to the estimates by Microsoft, we should be subtracting 12 GB. This will take us to 116 GB. My 240 GB SSD is similar:

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The Windows 8 RT operating system plus pre-installed apps and recovery partition are estimated to take up 13 GB on the RT model. Windows 8 Pro on my laptop is currently occupying 21 GB:

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Keep in mind that the libraries necessary to run traditional Windows applications are not included in the RT model. So, once I subtract that from the space mentioned earlier, I’m down to 96 GB. The reported useable space is 83 GB meaning that there is still 13 GB unaccounted for. After we consider the recovery partition size (which can be deleted) at an estimated 8-10 GB, the remaining 3-5 GB are for the preinstalled apps. Rumor has it that 3.5 GB of this amount includes a trial version of Office 2013.

Fixing the Storage Concerns of the Microsoft Surface

Let’s reverse the storage concerns. We’ll start with the 83 GB. Start by removing the recovery partition. We don’t need it. If we really wanted to, we could create a recovery USB drive using that old thumb drive we have laying around. Remember, it’s rare to find a recovery partition on other, non-Microsoft tablets. This should get us back to the 91-93 GB range. Then, let’s remove the unnecessary software and Windows features (if there are any). Let’s also remove any trial software. Instead, spend the $6 a month on a personal Office 365 account. You can download the full-fledged software, get 20GB in extra SkyDrive storage, and use the web version of the apps. We should approach 95 GB and may be closer to the 100 GB mark. At this point, we are stuck. It’s a full OS will backwards compatibility of most of our applications. I know that first hand as I have a Visual Basic 6 application that still runs fairly flawlessly on Windows 8.

We can still grow our storage space. Remember that the Surface Pro has a full-size USB 3.0 port. It also has a microSDXC card slot that supports up to a 64 GB card. The full USB 3.0 can support any size USB drive. Currently, you can purchase a 32 GB nano USB drive. Full size drives can be purchased well over 1 TB.

My Host: Cytanium

So I’m asked quite often who I use for hosting. There was a time when I hosted my own stuff and co-owned a small, regional hosting firm. In fact, at one point, I think we had nearly 50 business customers. However, time has passed and the hosting space became way too competitive for us. We didn’t have a multi-location infrastructure and the most complex load-balancing method we used was DNS load balancing. Even though we started to back off from business hosting, I still hosted my own site. That is, until one of my good friends, Brad Kingsley, had approached me about testing out a new service they were going to be providing.


If you don’t know Brad, he is the founder and CEO of Orcsweb. Even though companies such as Rackspace or GoDaddy are more recognizable, Orcsweb has still found a way to succeed and host some really popular websites and web applications.


Cytanium is a service that Brad’s team had developed a few years ago. It is a Windows shared hosting service that offers reliable Windows hosting at a reasonable price. In fact, you can get Windows hosting for as cheap as $2.50 per month! You can also get VPS hosting through them. I’d definitely recommend checking them out.

New Year, New Post

So, it’s been just over a month since my last post. But, I haven’t been too quiet. In fact, I was hard at work customizing and updating one of my other websites, MyLightDisplay.com. Each year the holidays tend to consume any time I’d typically have to post or work on projects. This year, I have had two different projects that has had 90% of my focus and the other 10% went into our Christmas light display and MyLightDisplay.com. However, 2013 will be a bit different. I’ll be blogging more and will be in the community even more than I have been. I’ve got a couple of things I’ll be talking about shortly so stay tuned. In the meantime, thanks as always for stopping by and Happy New Year!