More HD space than 7GB with Snow Leopard ?

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  1. Harrogatesaint macrumors newbie

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    Did anyone else get more than the advertised 7GB hard disc space saving when installing Snow Leopard on their macbook. Before I installed Snow Leopard I had capacity 232.57 GB and after upgrade 249.72 GB so I had
    available 49.86 GB after upgrade 65.24 GB. That is almost 17GB not 7GB ?

    Harrogatesaint
     
  2. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, everybody has had different amounts.

    Quit whining, tis a good thing. :D


    Love
    -Omi
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    You are actually gaining about 6-7Gb of space compared to Leopard. The extra is due to Apple now using Base 10 to measure HD space.

    The bigger your HD, the more your apparent extra HD space.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    While they did change how the space is computed, SL is definitely small then 10.5. Just consider the fact that apple is not including the PPC frameworks/libraries. Even when you toss aside the base 10 vs. base 2 issue, there's still a significant savings in SL over Leopard.
     
  5. OllyW Moderator

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    Yes, about 6-7GB. :)

    On my iMac, free space on Leopard = 196GB, free space on Snow Leopard = 217GB

    Apparently, I've now got an extra 21GB of free space.

    Used space on Leopard = 109,462,433,792 bytes. Used space on Snow Leopard = 102,678,700,032 bytes.

    Bytes in Snow Leopard are still the same as bytes in Leopard so it's actually using 6.3GB (6.8GB Base 10) less space.
     
  6. Harrogatesaint thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys, as always your knowledge, most over my head :) holds no limits :cool: thanks again,

    Harrogatesaint
     
  7. Jackyl macrumors newbie

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    GB increase with SNL

    I went from 104 to 126 GB. Not too shabby

    http://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/smilies/biggrin.gif
     
  8. greatmaju macrumors member

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    Sigh. No. Again, you only saved about 7 GB. Mine "jumped" from 140GB to 166GB, but I only saved about 7 GB. I doubt that even Apple can shave 20GB from an OS. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Canerican macrumors regular

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    They can't they changed the definition of "GB" from gibibyte, to gigabyte, so for every 1 GB on your HDD, you are "gaining" 24 MB.
     
  10. greatmaju macrumors member

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    I know. Perhaps this should be put on the top in BIG BOLD LETTERS?
     
  11. orangeillini14 macrumors regular

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    After installing SL = HDD is 14GB lighter!

    I thought it was supposed to be 7GB... I got 14! :eek:

    Before installation it was at 71.36GB, now I'm at 85.84GB. Did you get similar results?
     
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  14. OllyW Moderator

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    I give up! :rolleyes:
     
  15. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    Haha reading through this post I was like watching some slowly get flushed down the toilet.

    Perhaps somebody should write a sticky in the peoples language about this new found HD space.

    -Omi
     
  16. duncan35 macrumors member

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    i don't know if it's because i have a 500gb drive, but i got 30gb.
     
  17. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    Duncan, do the good user OllyW and read this thread. Read everypost. From my unhelpful smart arse ones, to the technical ones, to people who posted like you just have.
    -Omi
     
  18. convergent macrumors 68000

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    I had 13.51GB before installed SL. I installed SL and then checked again and I had 52.75GB... so I recovered 39.24G. I'm pretty excited about that because I kept creeping up to being totally full for the last few months and had to clear a bunch of stuff to get down to 13G...
     
  19. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    Hey, I gained 13.2GB of free space! LOL OK, for real (comparing bytes used to bytes used) I actually only picked up an additional 3.7GB of space. I guess I got ripped off. ;)
     
  20. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    OK guys, YOU do the math:

    Original hard drive (55G) had:

    47,484,043,264 bytes used

    After Snow Leopard install:

    34,822,660,096 bytes used

    Difference, something like 12.6 billion bytes, or by my calculator, that works out to about 11.8 gigabytes -- 12.7x10^9/2^30.

    mt
     
  21. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    All measurements normalized to "base 10", I gained 11.2GB.

    The amount saved depends, in part, on how many printer manufacturers you have installed drivers for. On our MBA, I weeded out everything except what was needed, prior to the update to SL, and saw 8.1GB gain.

    edit: I put "base 10" in quotes, since the old method was a combination bases. Defining 1024 vs 1000 for a "K", then multiplying by 1000 or 1000000 in decimal to arrive at MB or GB.
     
  22. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    True. Language translations is another. I had weeded out everything when I did my Leopard install originally and did the same again when I did the SL install. Hence my gain of only 3.7GB.
     
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  24. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    Any "new" GBs welcomed - however you count them ;^)

    Does this explain why the TimeMachine partition on an external FW800
    drive went from 1.0TB to 1.11TB?

    Do I care? ;^) I had 1.0 of the 1.5TB set aside for Time Machine - should
    I re-partition? Seems like it shouldn't matter . . .

    Thanks . . .
     

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