Imac hard drive less than what was advertised?

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  1. Tudeski macrumors member

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    I just bought a 20 inch iMac, that was supposed to have a 320gb hard drive.....

    turns out it is a 300 gb hard drive.... is this common? If so, i don't care...and to be honest, i'm so happy with the computer i could care less....but want to know if this is something that could possibly be changed????:eek:
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    they advertise in base 10 but the computer reads it in base 2

    aka
    1000mb=1 gigabyte is how the advertise it

    however, a computer defines a gigabyte as
    1gigabyte=1024mb
     
  3. Tudeski thread starter macrumors member

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    hmm....wish i would have known that one! oh, well....I'm loving it!

    thanks for the info!
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yea, that how all harddrives,flash drives but not ram for some reason will be fyi

    glad you like your computer!
     
  5. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    Apple and every HD manufacturer who use this marketing technique put a little tiny asterisk next to the drive says that refers to some 4 point font about the drive size. How did you miss that? ;)
     
  6. Lordedmond macrumors regular

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    same with UPS sets

    they are sold in VA ( Volt Amps ) not watts

    in AC Watts are V * I * PF ( Power Factor typically 0.8 )


    ie it looks better than it is same for HHD's
     
  7. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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  8. MACoconut macrumors regular

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    the HD space will be smaller after formatting:)
     
  9. JNB macrumors 604

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    Not the same case at all, as it's not a marketing but a functional measurement of apparent power. BTW, the PF is more in the .6 to .65 range (which is the de facto "standard" for common UPS's). Granted, it makes it a little more challenging to determine the right size, but for non-reactive loads (such as PC power supplies) is considered an appropriate measurement.
     
  10. cube macrumors G4

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    And the apropriate meaning of kilo, mega, giga, etc. is powers of 10.

    For powers of 2, kibi, mebi, gibi, etc. should be used.
     

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