120GB on a 128GB Air?

altecXP

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I know the Recovery drive takes up 650MB, but where is the other 7.25GB?
 

altecXP

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Yes, but OS X Lion tends to show the full size. It does with my other SSD's and HDD's
 

Mlrollin91

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128GB is really only 128,000,000,000 bytes instead of 137,000,000,000 bytes. So the actually drive is only roughly 124GB after conversion. Minus OS and Recovery drive bring it down to 120ish.

Edit: After rechecking my math, 120GB is just over 128,000,000,000 bytes.
 
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altecXP

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128GB is really only 128,000,000,000 bytes instead of 137,000,000,000 bytes. So the actually drive is only roughly 124GB after conversion. Minus OS and Recovery drive bring it down to 120ish.

Edit: After rechecking my math, 120GB is just over 128,000,000,000 bytes.
Yes, but Lion, and I think SL, use 1000 not 1024
 

KPOM

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Yes, but Lion, and I think SL, use 1000 not 1024
True, but SSDs are quoted based on their absolute size, which includes amounts that the controller sets aside for low level operations such as overprovisioning, wear leveling, and garbage collection (i.e. not available for data storage). The actual capacity of the 128GB SSD is about 121GB, while the 256GB capacity is actually about 250GB using the base 1000 system.
 

komoornik

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True, but SSDs are quoted based on their absolute size, which includes amounts that the controller sets aside for low level operations such as overprovisioning, wear leveling, and garbage collection (i.e. not available for data storage). The actual capacity of the 128GB SSD is about 121GB, while the 256GB capacity is actually about 250GB using the base 1000 system.
The actual usable capacity of the 128 GB SSD in MBA is 113 GB.

Apple is messing around a bit. They say 128 GB, but they don't count space taken for wear leveling etc.

Coz for example Crucial M4 128 GB got actually over 119 GB of usable space.

And Sandforce based drives already are sold as 120 GB not 128 GB, coz they really are a bit "smaller".
 

altecXP

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Ah I didn't realize that they didn't count the wear leveling space. That totally makes sense now.
 

rbrian

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Yes, but OS X Lion tends to show the full size. It does with my other SSD's and HDD's
I agree. After I installed Lion on my Pro, my hard drive capacity went from 931Gb to 1000Gb. At the same time, a 679Mb ISO wouldn't fit on a 700Mb CD, saying it needed 720Mb. Don't you just love standards? There are just so many to choose from! In practice though, you should keep about 10% of your storage capacity free, so it's all moot.
 
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