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Microsoft 64GB Tablets & eReaders

Microsoft 64GB Tablets

One of your options when you choose a tablet, such as a Microsoft Surface, is its built-in storage capabilities. A device with 64 GB rivals many laptops and offers twice as much storage as tablets with 32 GB, four times as much as 16 GB, and so forth. Your initial choice usually is not the end of the story, either, because there are often ways to expand and shape that storage allotment even further.

What can a 64GB tablet store?

GB stands for gigabyte the way MB stands for megabyte. One gigabyte is 1,000 or 1,024 megabytes, depending on whether the usage is decimal or binary, respectively. The consumer electronics industry standard is decimal, so a tablet with 64 GB offers 64,000 MB. In order to appreciate this available space in a practical sense, the industry estimates that 64 GB is enough space for:

  • 1,100 games
  • 2,850 applications
  • 16,400 photos
  • 12,800 songs
  • 830 hours of continuous music playback
Can you add additional storage space?

As with most laptops, most tablets support expanding the available storage space, and this is true whether your device runs on Apple iOS, Google Android, or Microsoft Windows. Most devices use some type of SD card, which can be proprietary but are mostly standardized. You may have one or more internal or external slots available. Internal slots are accessed by removing the tablet backing. External slots are accessed on the sides of the device. The SD cards available include:

  • SD: Ranges up to 2 GB
  • SDHC: Ranges up to 32 GB
  • SDXC: Ranges up to 2 TB
Are there any differences between internal and external storage?

If you have a 64 GB Microsoft Surface and add a 128 GB SD card, your Surface now has 192 GB for all practical purposes. You can dictate what goes where if you choose, but if you do not control those finer file management details, the devices operating system like Windows 10 or Android, will determine what goes where.

How do you delete files or reset storage?

You can format SD cards, and most tablets include a function to do this in the storage settings. Built-in storage is used by the OS, so you will need to perform a factory reset. In order to delete files individually or in groups, such as folders, you need to use the default file manager, which most devices include, or download a third-party file manager. In standard Android, for instance, the default file manager can be accessed directly via the keyboard or screen.

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