I paid for 32 GB and got 28.77 GB!!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by boshii, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. boshii macrumors 68040

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    It kinda sucks that we get 3.23 gigs stolen from us before we even get to use it:mad:
     
  2. DaftDrunk macrumors regular

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    Well you can get all 32 of your gigabytes if you want, but you won't have an OS to use!
     
  3. darkhunter139 macrumors regular

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    You have a 32 GB hard drive in the phone genius.
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Haha, I'll let you figure this "mystery" yourself.
     
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Not exactly.
     
  6. motulist macrumors 601

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    Stolen? Those 3 gigs contain all the OS software and built-in apps that make the iphone so great. Those 3 gigs aren't stolen from you, it's 3 gigs jam packed with software gold that you love using.
     
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  8. BadMoon macrumors 6502

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    I think you should do a couple back flips and pull your head out of your ass. :D
     
  9. vmagg88 macrumors member

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  10. RobertD63 macrumors 6502

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    I guess its safe to ask here.. What exactly is taken up by those 3GB? iOS4 is only 300mb..

    EDIT: duh.. Im dumb.. Its expanded and uncompressed on the phone.:eek:
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Lol :D
    Its been like that forever with all storage media.
    It's actually pretty simple stuff. Computers use a binary number system! Basically everything is 2 to the power of some number:
    2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 1024, 2048... and so on. If you look through that list you'll notice a few common computer numbers. (e.g. 512 mb of ram, ever wondered why its 512 not 500? or why 2Gb of ram is actually 2048 megabytes?).

    So basically there are 1024 bytes in a kilobyte, 1024 kilobytes in a megabyte and 1024 megabytes in a gigabyte. So 500 gigabytes is actually 500 x 1024 megabytes which equals 512000 megabytes or 512000 x 1024 kilobytes which equals 524288000 kilobytes.

    Now in the normal decimal system kilo means 1000, mega means a million etc.
    So for example what the manufacturers sell is 640 gigabytes using the "decimal" giga, not the "binary" giga:

    640 x 1000 = 640 000 "megabytes"
    640000 x 1000 = 640 000 000 "kilobytes"
    640 000 000 x 1000 = 640 000 000 000 "bytes"

    BUT the computer reads this number in binary! So 640 000 000 000 bytes divided by 1024 = 625 000 000 kilobytes, not 640 000 000!
    625 000 000 divided by 1024 = 610 351.56 megabytes
    610 351.5625 divided by 1024 = 596.04 gigabytes.
     
  12. iSaxon macrumors 6502a

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    & that's the way the cookie crumbles.
     
  13. Neolithium macrumors 6502a

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  15. nora47 macrumors regular

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    seriously? i think youll be fine without that 3.23 gigs unless your taking a crap ton of video. You should just be happy with what you get, some people are still using 8 gb....which is really about 7.
     
  16. Sean4123 macrumors 6502

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    Do you wanna make a bet? I have 50 GB of music already. I guess I'll have to decide what makes the cut huh?
     
  17. boatski macrumors regular

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    I wonder how many people buy Macs with 10.6 and see they get all 160gb out of their HDD and think something "magical" happened.
     
  18. wattsja macrumors regular

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    Were you Bill Gates adviser regarding not needing more than 640k of memory in a computer??

    ;):p
     
  19. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    Then why does Apple offer 64GB, 160GB iPods. The latter seems a bit much but people find ways to fill that capacity up!
     
  20. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    I had to trim my iTunes library nearly in half to get it to a size where it will fit on the 32GB model.

    ...and that doesn't even take into account photos, HD video, apps, or the actual OS.

    I was pretty bummed we didn't get a 64GB model this year.
     
  21. s0vereignT macrumors member

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    It's because of the decimal to binary conversion. Hard drive sizes are always quoted as 1kB= 1000 B, but it doesn't, 1 kB = 1024 B, and so on up the line. So 32 billion bytes is actually a lot less than 32GB to a computer.

    32,000,000,000 bytes =~= 29.8GB

    EDIT: Wow looks like I was beaten to the mark. Oh well. Applejuiced is the winner, and he explained it way better than me.
     
  22. awestruck macrumors regular

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    I'd like to know how you can find a way to fill 32GB up. I can't manage to fill half of my 8GB 3G.
     
  23. TheAppleGeek macrumors 6502a

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    Lol.
     
  24. Neolithium macrumors 6502a

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    Easy with my example. I have 400+GB of Music....and I'm shipping out the end of July....no hope of hauling that music on just my iPhone ;)
     
  25. JosephBergdoll macrumors 6502

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    My 32gb phone is filled... I need 64gb or more.
     

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