One of the greatest things for PCs in recent years has been the fact that hard drive storage is so cheap. You can buy terabytes of storage for pennies per gigabyte. Smaller, thinner mobile devices rely on flash memory and solid-state drives (SSD), though, which are significantly more expensive. For Day 13 of 30 Days with Surface Pro, I take a look at what it’s like running Windows 8 on a device with only 128GB (or even 64GB) of internal storage.

Windows alone can be a bit of a storage hog. Microsoft Office uses a good chunk of space. It doesn’t take much–especially with high-resolution photos, video clips, and other very large files–to fill up a hard drive. I generally get nervous when my drives on my PC falls below 500GB of free space. I like to have breathing room. 128GB isn’t much to work with, and a 64GB Surface Pro is almost out of space when you take it out of the box.

There are a number of options available for expanding the storage capacity of a Surface Pro. Some provide more storage than others. Some are more practical or flexible than others. Some are more expensive than others. But, suffice it to say I am not limited strictly to the 128GB of internal storage capacity on the Surface Pro itself.

Read Surface Pro, Day 13: Dealing with limited storage capacity for more about ways to expand storage and live comfortably on a Windows 8 device with relatively little internal storage capacity.

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