Mac Mini hard drive real capacity?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Richard8655, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. Richard8655 macrumors 6502

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    Just received the latest Mac Mini with 320gb hard drive option. When I check "About this Mac", it shows a max capacity of 298.09gb. I feel ripped for 22gb. Anyone know what gives?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    [embedguide]Hard_Drive_Size_Discrepancy[/embedguide]
     
  3. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    there are plenty of threads about this sort of thing, and it seems that the OS takes up a significant amount of space, and the fact that it comes in so many languages. i've often heard MR users to do a clean install of OS X, though i don't know how because i don't own my own Mac sadly!

    oh and there's always the dumb calculations from megabytes to gigabytes and what not.
     
  4. Richard8655 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah yes, of course, I recall this now. This can be confusing for the casual or non-technical user/purchaser. I agree, better terminology that describes this situation would be helpful. Thanks.
     
  5. Jasoco macrumors 6502

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    I've personally done calculations with every HD I have connected to a Mac and formatted as HFS and have discovered that HFS formats the available space to approximately 7% less than the advertised amount.

    For example:
    500GB becomes 465.4GB
    1TB becomes 931.2GB
    40GB becomes 37.1GB
     

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