Monthly Archives: November 2012

Disk space on Microsoft Surface – 16 GB available on the 32 GB device

I really like the Microsoft Surface. Microsoft did a great job creating a device that is fun, fast and that really can be used to do stuff, unlike the iDevices. A friend asked me about the Surface’s disk space, the 32 GB version of the Surface comes with only 16GB of available disk space. After that quite a few people asked me the same. It took me about 5 minutes to find the answer, and after Binging the right combination of words I got the info we all want! SOURCE: Surface with Window RT   (decimal system) 32 GB 64 GB Total disk size as   reported by Windows (binary system) 29* 59* Reserved space for Windows recovery tools -5 -5 Size of hard drive   reported by File Explorer 24 55 Windows RT, Microsoft Office and built-in apps -8 -8 Free space reported by   File Explorer 16 46

Win7 USB/DVD download tool – unable to copy files

This issue keeps coming back so I decided to document the 2 possible solutions. SCENARIO #1 – USB Partition not set to active: The first one is caused by an USB not having its partition set to active. You can use diskpart or Windows Storage Manager to set the USB partition to ACTIVE. A few people blogged about how to do it with diskpart: SCENARIO #2 – BOOTSEC.exe This is the most common issue. The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT) will go to 99% and fail. All the source was copied to the USB but is it not bootable. This is because the tool is trying to use bootsec.exe and it can’t find it. SOLUTION: Copy bootsec.exe to the tools installation folder: (e.g. C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalAppsWindows 7 USB DVD Download Tool) Repeat the process and it will complete successfully. ALTERNATIVE: Open CMD. Type “bootsect.exe /nt60 ?:” and replace the question mark with the…