MBP Hard Disk size

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  1. sunrobby macrumors regular

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    Hi, i have MBP 2.0 Ghz model with standard set, means 100 Gb hard disk, but when looking at the system profiler, it said the capacity is 93.16 Gb, so where do the rest of 6.84 Gb? My iPod 30 Gb is not really 30 Gb though, i believe some part is used for the system, but cmon, this is 6.84 Gb lost, it's quite a big space lost :confused:
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    By tradition, ALL hard drives are measured such that 1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes, and so on, and all computer operating systems measure 1 kb as 1024 bytes. This has been true essentially during the entire life of the personal computer as we know it.

    The difference, in both cases, between the stated formatted capacity on the iPod or the MBP HD, and the list size, is explained by this difference (1 GB = 1024 x 1024 x 1024 vs. 10^9 bytes).

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  3. SPG macrumors 65816

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    I've always been bothered by that little calculation. It's not so bad on hard drives, but boy can it mess you up something fierce when you're mastering DVDs for replication!
     
  4. sunrobby thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hm ok, so it's not really 100Gb by the calculation, thanks for the explanation :) Why does apple not stated the real disk size so that the buyers wont confuse bout this..
     
  5. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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    You can blame the manufacturers of hard drive who decided to go with 1MB = 1000 KB. :p It hurts me more though, I have a 250gb hard drive and I'm only given 233GB. That's 17 gigs gone! :eek:
     
  6. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    For the exact same reason that all computer manufacturers do, to save a couple of cents (plus on the website it says 1GB = 1 billion bytes (actual formatted capacity less)
     
  7. sunrobby thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow, you got a big 17 gigs gone compare to my 6.8 gigs gone..
     
  8. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    my teacher's 2TB lacie bigger disk is ~1.8TB formatted--he lost 200GB!!:eek:
    but yeah, it's just marketing ;)
     
  9. sunrobby thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's really a big lost.. 200Gb..
     
  10. joelypolly macrumors 6502

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    every time you move from MB to GB to TB to PB you lose more and more space percentage wise.
     

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