hard drive space

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by blueflame, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. blueflame macrumors 6502a

    blueflame

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    so, I just got a new mac, I have a 100gig 7200 rpm drive, it says the capacity is 92.84 gigs, why ios almost 8 gigs being taken up? any way to do something differently so I get more of it? thats almost 8% of my drive gone for nothing
    andreas
     
  2. technicolor macrumors 68000

    technicolor

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    the operating system
    and other system files

    you can remove the extra langugages and print drivers

    run a search for the program that does that( or wait for an unlazy poster to give u the link)
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    The difference between marketted size and actual size of a drive is based on what constitutes a byte. Hard drive manufacturers use a metric (SI) system whereas OSX (like most operating systems) uses the binary scale. Also, some space is used up for formatting the drive. :)
     
  4. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    this is before the OS is installed. pure hd size. is it me or is that bull
    andreas
     
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    not bull. the hard drive has overhead that takes up space (master file tables, etc - ie, stuff on the hard drive that you can't see, but the hard drive needs in order to work). the bigger the drive, the more overhead that'll be taken up.
     
  6. kretzy macrumors 604

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    It's explained in the article that mad jew provided a link for. The OS and the manufacturer use different systems of measurement for the capacity of the drive.
     

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