added hard-drive capacity Snow leopard

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  1. dergaderg macrumors member

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    the one on the left is Snow leopard on the right is Leopard
     

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  2. Widgetal macrumors newbie

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    It's actually the same - it's just the way it displays the GBs (binary or decimal).

    How have you got a copy of SL if you don't know something so basic?!
     
  3. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Snow Leopard's Disk Utility uses "Drivemaker's Gigabytes" (1 billion bytes instead of 1,024 megabytes), evidently. Not sure I like that for some reason....
     
  4. dergaderg thread starter macrumors member

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    so are u saying that files take up more "gb"s then?
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No.

    Also,

    It's clear that you don't really know what you're doing.
     
  6. Widgetal macrumors newbie

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    No - a HDD has x many number of bytes.

    The bytes are expressed in GBs and that can be worked out in either 1000 to the power of 3 (decimal) or 1024 to the power of three (binary).

    That will give a different final capacity (although the amount of data the drive can hold is the same).

    So I'm guessing SL has changed to decimal.
     
  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    "Giga" does actually mean one billion. One Gigawatt = one billion Watt, one Gigabit per second = one billion bits per second, and it has always been that way. The use of KB = 1,024 byte, MB = 1,024 KB, GB = 1,024 MB was always an anomaly. There are official units KiB = 1,024 byte, MiB, and GiB.

    One effect of this change will be less complaints from people who buy a 500 GB drive and feel ripped off when Disk Utility shows "465 GB" only. I can also remember some definite confusion when I tried to create a 20 billion byte partition and different bits of software couldn't agree how much one "GB" should be.
     
  8. METOO999 macrumors regular

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    I don't know if this is a different issue, but I've noticed slightly larger file sizes in Snow Leopard. Like a DVD I backup with DVD2OneX before Snow Leopard was 4.34; under SL it is 4.66 (but still burned correctly). Files that were 3999 MB on my PS3 are showing as 4.19 on my Mac.
     
  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That would be the switch from binary to decimal.
     
  10. METOO999 macrumors regular

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    That's going to throw off all my FAT32 tinkering. I knew I did bad in math for a reason.
     

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