Couple questions: about space and case

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by funkenbooty, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Just got a new PowerBook 12”. I got the 60GB HD. Out of the box it shows that there is only 50.9GB available. I realize that the OS takes up some room, but 9GB’s seems like an awful lot. I ordered no extra software than what comes standard.
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    it's due to different measurement standards between computer companies and HD manufacturers. do a search, you'll find tons of info. A certain percentage of the HD is lost to this discrepancy. the OS itself should take 1.5 or so gigs, if i remember right... it may be higher.

    there is currently a class-action lawsuit against several computer companies for using one measurement but advertising another--

    pnw
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    When advertised, the size of the hard drive is calculated assuming 1KB=1000 bytes. In the actual computer 1KB=1024 bytes. This is why when hard drives are installed they seem to magically lose some size. Apple was actually sued over this at one point, not sure exactlly what happened, but thats why the drive seems smaller.
     
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    mnkeybsness

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    just to clarify, the last i heard about it, the law suit is currently in progress and apple is involved.
     
  5. macrumors Penryn

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    But this should result in a 2.4% discrepency, not a 17% discrepency. Yes, Mac OS10 isn't a small program, but its presence doesn't really account for it.

    I don't know what the reasons are, but I think it may be a combo of the 2 reasons already given.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    On my December '03 eMac 700MHz:
    OS X System Folder: 1.08 GB
    OS 9 System Folder: 260 MB
    Bundled OS X Applications: 2.03 GB

    So, all of the stuff pre-installed on my computer comes to about 3.5 GB. While the hard drive of my computer can technically hold 40 GB of data (actually, 38 when using base-2), I think it would be better for computer companies to actually advertise the amount of additional data that can be put on a hard drive.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Also, I think that under the 1KB=1024B system, 1MB=1024KB and 1GB=1024MB. So, 1GB would equal 1,073,741,824 bytes, which is 7% more than 1 billion bytes
     
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    oldschool

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    In apple ads ive seen there ist the 1024k disclaimer at the bottom. Shouldn't this be good enough?
     

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