40gb marketed vs 33gb actual gripe!

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  1. JoeJoe macrumors member

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    OK, so I know this is not just a Apple thing, nor is it just a AppleTV thing, BUT......does anyone else get irritated with the hard drive marketed capacity vs the hard drive "real" capacity? I mean, 40 gig marketed vs 33 actual is quite a big difference (roughly 20%). Shouldn't there be some kind of rule to help limit this?

    Just a little fed up that the difference seems so great this time.

    that said - this thing is pretty cool!

    Go Apple!
     
  2. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    Apple can do this, like any other company who sells harddrives. Look at the small letters in the tech specs section:

    http://www.apple.com/appletv/specs.html

    2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.

    And ofcourse the software has to be on it. My 1st gen iPod nano also sells for 1GB but I can only use 895.7MB.. :eek:
     
  3. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

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    1 Kbytes = 1,024 bytes, NOT 1,000
    and, in turn,
    1 Megabyte = 1,024,000 bytes, NOT 1,000,000

    You're bring ripped off more than you know.
     
  4. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Remember that the version of Mac OS X the :apple:-TV uses is also taking space on the harddrive.
     
  5. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Sort of, but its actually 1024 kilobytes which is 1'048'576 bytes

    At Giga it gets worse with 1GB being 1'073'741'824 bytes. Whereas the drive manufacturers assume 1GB=1 billion bytes which is wrong.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Joe^2, Mikie^2

    There Aint No Ripoff -- We have covered this topic many times -- there is a Guide on it Hard Drive Size Discrepancy
     
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