7 days with a Windows 8 tablet: Not quite the best of both worlds

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Day 3 – Where’s my disk space?

The Samsung Series 7 sports a 64GB solid-state drive (SSD). When I unboxed the tablet, I had about 40GB left, and when I was done installing all my applications and installed SkyDrive (which automatically downloaded exactly 28GB of iTunes music, photos and documents), File Explorer already colored the hard disk "red". And over the course of those three days, Windows 8 accumulated a lot of data junk such as a plethora of system restore points (taking up 3.9GB), not to mention an increased page file (4GB) and the hibernation file (3GB). All of a sudden, I was looking at this screen right here:


This is where the fact that you’re running a full-blown OS becomes very apparent: The OS itself takes about 15GB; add to that all the various OS features and necessities I just mentioned and you're quickly looking at 30+ GB just being consumed by Windows 8. I assume and hope that Windows 8 tablets will feature 128GB SSDs at the very least because having 20-30 GB of personal files is not too uncommon.

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