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Dated: May. 15, 2013
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The thing that most people complain about when it comes to Microsoft's Surface tablet is that it has a lot less usable space on the disc than what is said in the advertisement. Microsoft announced in November exactly how much free space you can expect on the disc in the Surface tablet.
By buying a 32 GB RT version of the Microsoft Surface tablet users will have available only half of the announced space (16 GB) for personal files. All those who buy the 64 GB version will have 46 GB available or a bit less than 75% of the total capacity. It is even worse is when we look at the Surface Pro, a 64 GB model that has only 29 GB of space available, while the 128 GB model has 89 GB of free space available for users.
No panic, you can release up to 7 GB of free space
on your disc with no problem. The thing that you need to do is to make a USB recovery drive
and then from the hard drive delete the Windows 8 Recovery Partition
. By deleting the partition for the disc recovery you will release 3.5 GB of space on the Surface RT
and 7 GB on the Surface Pro Tablet
Users must first create a special USB drive for recovery that they will use to recover the Windows 8 system if it gets corrupted. It is very important that when you remove the partition for the recovery of the hard drive the USB drive will be the only way you can recover Windows 8 so you should better keep that USB in a safe place.
Make a USB disc for recovery using the built in Windows 8 tool
First of all, you need a USB the size of at least 4 GB for the Surface RT or 8 GB for the Surface Pro. The USB should be empty because the process of turning into a recovery disc means reformatting the stick memory, which means that everything you have on the USB will be deleted.
- Switch to Charms Bars on the right side of the screen, choose Search and type in Recovery.
- Choose Create a recovery drive and pick yes to open the tool for recovery.
- Choose the option Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive and choose next.
- Choose USB disc so it is used as a recovery disc.
- Then choose Create and wait about 10-15 minutes so the partition for the recovery is copied on the USB disc.
That's it, the USB disc is now your recovery disc for the Windows 8. After the copying is done, choose Delete the recovery partition and confirm by clicking on Delete.
If you decide to delete the recovery partition for the recovery you will need a USB disc for recovery so it is possible that in the future you can refresh or reset Windows 8 on your Surface tablet, warns Microsoft.
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