Microsoft announced the Surface Pro will be made available on February 9 starting at $899, or $0 depending who you ask, but if you believe you’ll be buying a 64GB or 128GB and actually receiving that much free space, then you’re going to be sadly mistaken.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the 64GB model of the Surface Pro will only have 23GB of free storage out of the box. The 128GB model doesn’t fair any better as only 83GB of free storage will be available. The drop in available space is being blamed on the Windows 8 OS, included applications and the Windows 8 recovery partition which totals 41GB of used space.
Microsoft says its customers will be able to free up additional space if they decide to create “a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition.” The Surface Pro also supports for USB 3.0 hard drives and microSDXC cards, which can be used to extend its storage, but being advertised 64GB or 128GB to almost 1/3 of that gone due to the manufacturer isn’t very nice.