iMac HD 460GB, suppose to be 500GB.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by joby866, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. joby866 macrumors member

    joby866

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Location:
    GREAT Britain
    #1
    Hey all,

    I bought an iMac (24", 3.06GHz) about 3/4 days ago now. And I just noticed, that my Hard Drive isn't what it's suppose to be. The HDD I'm suppose to have is a 500GB HDD. When Infact I have a 460GB HDD? What's all that about?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Location:
    Indianapolis
    #2
    [embedguide]Hard_Drive_Size_Discrepancy[/embedguide]
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

    Chundles

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2005
    #3
    There's nothing wrong, the figures are right.

    500 actual gigabytes equal roughly 465 "binary" gigabytes. You got all the space you paid for.
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

    swiftaw

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2005
    Location:
    Omaha, NE, USA
    #4
    Hard Drive Manfacturers label 500GB as meaning 500,000,000,000 bytes.

    But to a computer (which counts in binary), 500,000,000,000 bytes = 5,000,000,000 / (1024^3) = approx 465 Gigabytes

    You haven't lost anything, it's just two different labeling systems.
     
  5. andrewline6 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2008
    #6
    awesome ive been wondering what the hell that was all about. still... they should say its a 460 gb hard drive or make it 580gb so it actually is 500gb.
     
  6. joby866 thread starter macrumors member

    joby866

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Location:
    GREAT Britain
  7. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2005
    Location:
    Bookshop!
    #8
    They should, but they won't, because it'll cost them more money. They are technically right, though; Disk Utility says my 320GB drive does have about 320,000,000,000 bytes of space on it.
     

Share This Page