Available hard drive space on a new iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Pearl79, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Pearl79 macrumors newbie

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    Just bought a new iMac with a 360G hard drive. System profiler shows capacity is 298G (277G available with pre-installed Windows and Parallel).

    Does that sound right? I know the true space available on a formatted hard drive is never the official size, but it's been a long time since I bought a big machine so I don't know if 17% is normal.
     
  2. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    There are two different ways that HD space is advertised, a computer system sees the size in bits, and HD space is advertised in bytes. bits are smaller than bytes. therefor a 320 gb drive will actually be about 10% less than it really is. It is stupid, but the government says it's OK for companies to do this. If you want more info read this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_Overhead

    Don
     
  3. Vader macrumors 65816

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    That is much more space missing than should be, My 500 gb drive actually holds 465 gb.

    I think you should re-read the specs, as the size you are reporting is exactly correct if it was a 320gb drive. My 320gb MyBook holds 298.1gb.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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  5. Pearl79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Aha

    You're right. Apparently it's just a typo on the invoice.

    Thanks to all for the input.
     

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