New HDD, 500GB - 460 GB - Gb -GB - GiB?!

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  1. Dr-Ludvig macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, so i just bought a new WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB HDD, and after putting it in, i discovered to my surprise, that the total capacity was actually 500 GB, whereas i thought it would be somewhere in the area of 460-470 GB?
    In my desktop my 1TB HDD's come out as 940 B or something like that..
    Now i'm very happy with the actual 500 GB, but still just wondering why?
    Anyone know why?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Snow Leopard uses Base 10 instead of Base 2 counting like all previous OS's did

    You will also find that your files will be "larger" than what they are on Leopard as a result of this difference in counting
     
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