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I stated on episode 3 of the podcast, http://surfacegeeks.net/the-surface-geeks-podcast-episode-3.html , that I think I made a mistake getting the 32 Gb version. I have not loaded a whole lot, YET. I plan on installing a lot more this week and weekend. So far it has just been testing for me.

I'm not entirely sure of the return policy but I'm thinking of returning this one and getting a 64. What do you think?

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For apps and docs 32GB would be fine. Wireless media streaming from my WHS has also been fine. So for those 32GB would be OK. But music, video and photos will fill things up fast if you want them on the Surface for offline access. The Metro multi-media apps are also happier if the files are local.


Written by someone with the 64GB Surface :)

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Yes, so it really comes down to what you plan on using it? As osquest said, if you are a music/video person like me, the 32gb would not really fair you much. I suggest that before going out and buying one, really set down and think about how you are going to use it. This should gleam some light and help you make a decision.


Also, I would use SkyDrive ... it helps out alot. But then again, if you need it for "no service" use, then you will definitely have to use the local storage. I have mapped my documents library to only direct to my SkyDrive folder.

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I have the 64GB and have not loaded a ton of apps, although I have installed a few, and I am down to 35GB free. Do the math. With a 32GB device I would already be getting closer to full than I like. Although I guess you could always add a SD card.

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I've installed a few more apps today and still have 15.6 GB available.

Here is what I've installed on top of what is included.



JetPack Joyride






Remote Desktop Metro



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I have the 64GB and have not loaded a ton of apps, although I have installed a few, and I am down to 35GB free. Do the math. With a 32GB device I would already be getting closer to full than I like. Although I guess you could always add a SD card.

I haven't bought my Surface yet and I'm reading this forum as much as possible before I do. You guys are blazing the trail so thanks for sharing your experiences.


It worries me to hear that nearly half of the 64GB is already used up if only a few apps have been installed. Is that really what's taking up the bulk of the used space? I'm using an Android 32GB device and even with a "ton" of apps installed, I have plenty of space available. In the past, Microsoft has had a reputation for building big, hungry software. Tell me that isn't the case with RT.

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Music, videos, and pictures take up a lot of space. That is what is taking most of my space on mine.


Know just because it says 64gb SSD that doesn't mean the space you have when you get it is that much. It is actually less than that. Once you put the OS and all those files, plus it comes with Office 2013 on it. Those also take a lot of space.


Windows has always been known to be a memory heavy system.


I am using SkyDrive quite heavily on my Surface...seems to help.

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