Brand new mac HD space?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wgkealey, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. wgkealey macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2007
    Does anyone know the formatted HD space of a MBP 120gig, like out of the box without any configuration?
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040


  3. anothermacaddic macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    The big out of the box killer for hd space for me was bootcamp. I opted for 20 gigs for windows space (apps and games) and its not enough. But that takes your mac space down to around 60 working gigs. Kind of tight, especially when working with very large iso's or hours long audio streams.
  4. starlabs macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2006
    The actual space is always 93% of listed drive capacity, due to the "everyone uses 1024 except for hd manufacturers, who use 1000" lame excuse.

    So, if you've got a 120gb drive, your real usable space will be 111.6gb. However it'll be less than that after you take into account the operating system, etc...
  5. Aea macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado

    Mmm, what I did is completely reinstall the OS removing languages, printer drivers, and additional useless software (garageband), I had slightly over 100GB of usable space left.
  6. starlabs macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2006
    That sounds about right. The default bloated Mac OS X install on my MBP was almost 20gb! After installing only the stuff I needed/wanted, I got it down to under 6gb.
  7. carp3n0ct3m macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2007
    When hard drives get into the Terabytes, it gets even worse, the actual useable drive space is roughly 90% of that reported by the drive manufacturers.
  8. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    KB (1000 vs 2^10) = 2.4% loss
    MB (1 Million vs 2^20) = 4.6% loss
    GB (1 Billion vs 2^30) = 6.9% loss
    TB (1 Trillion vs 2^40) = 9.1% loss

    It sucks... By the time we get up to Yottabyte drives, the manufacturers will be screwing us out of 17.3%. That doesn't sound like a lot until you realize thats 190,016,926,000 Terabytes missing from counting by base 10! :p
  9. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    While there may be something here, there really should be a MacRumor guide for setting up your brand new Mac. You can recover a lot of space by reinstalling OS X with a lot of the unnecessary system components omitted.

    As for the "how much space is 120GBs specifically," this conversion that seemingly renders a disk smaller than advertized is true for all drives under all operating systems.
  10. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    To be fair a large portion of that had to be from the iLife apps that are included on the install disc.
  11. 2hondas macrumors regular

    May 10, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Wow. Thats exactly right. I was wondering the same thing... thanks. :)

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