7GM Memory Missing?

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  1. HelixOmnimedia macrumors 6502a

    HelixOmnimedia

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    Hello,

    I don't know if this is correct or not.
    I've added some movies to my PowerBook - since I'm home from college for the holidays. So I checked my memory as I think i should purchase an external Hard drvie purely for iTunes.

    In About This Mac > More Info > Memory:
    It lists two: Size: 512 MB Type: DDR SDRAM
    Approx: 1GB Memory - CORRECT?

    But when I right-click Macintosh HD, it says capacity is 93.04gb.

    Is that right? Or has 7gb just vanished?

    THANKS
     
  2. Veldek macrumors 68000

    Veldek

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    You're confusing HD space with RAM. You have 1GB RAM and 93GB HD space left. These are two different things.
     
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    This is normal, Hard Drive manufacturers measure 1GB=1 billion bytes, however the OS measures 1GB as 2^30 bytes which is 1.073 billion bytes, this means a 100GB Hard Drive should have a capacity of about 93.2GB.
     
  4. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a

    HelixOmnimedia

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    Sorry :confused: I don't know a lot about the technical side.

    THANKS :)
    Now that that's sorted. I've only got 10.04gb left.
    Can this be upgraded? or Will I be better buying an external hard drive?

    I'd prefer not to have an external, i do a lot of traveling with my course (media film production) and wouldn't like to carry something extra around.

    THANKS for any help/advice.
     
  5. amiga macrumors 6502

    amiga

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    You can free up some space by getting rid of stuff you don't use... Do you use garage band for example? As long as you have the system CD/DVD you can put it back on at a later date.

    Or alternatively get a new, larger hard drive installed.
     
  6. JD92 macrumors 6502a

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    You could try using this piece of software to find out where the largest files and folders on your drive are, and then you could decide whether you want to delete them and free up some more space or if buying an external HD would be the best idea:

    http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize/
     
  7. HelixOmnimedia thread starter macrumors 6502a

    HelixOmnimedia

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    I use Garage Band a lot, making soundtracks for the films that I create. So I can't get rid of it.
    I think I'm going to take your advice and look into getting a larger hard drive installed.

    That's a cool piece of software. THANKS. I've already deleted a couple of huge files that I hadn't used for a while. It freed up some space.
    THANKS again:)
     

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