new Penryn MBP HD size

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ucsdmac, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. ucsdmac macrumors 6502

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    I ordered a 15" 2.4Ghz 2GB RAM AND 250gb HD and it finally came today. I checked my HD size and it says 232.57gb capacity .. is that normal? I know for PC it usually show up a little bit less than what was ordered but its about 28GB missing here.
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    thats the formatted size in binary. my 250GB external drive is 232.9 GB.
     
  3. ucsdmac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    cool. Thanks very much. Just needed some reassurance.:eek:
     
  4. ilp macrumors member

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    yes that's normal, the hard drive industry is kinda scammy like that
     
  5. wk127001 macrumors member

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    Actually they're not scamming you, the drive is actually 250 GB in size. Instead the OS reports it incorrectly. It's my guess that the missing GBs is the overhead incurred by the HFS+ filesystem Apple uses.

    ***EDIT: Yeah I'm pretty sure the people below me are correct, disregard my above statement.
     
  6. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    No, the drive is roughly 232 or so GB in size. It is 250 GiB in size. A gigabyte is about 1.07 billion bytes, a gibibyte (GiB) is 1 billion bytes. Manufacturers would have you believe that the two are equal.
     
  7. Lyshen macrumors 6502

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    Yeah the hard drive industry should follow the formula for determining hard drive size as used by ram and file sizes. Which is 1024^3... not 1000^3 which should be called gibibyte... promoted by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

    But in doing their way (hard drive industry) they do get away with drives being smaller then what users actually think they'll get. (Well those that don't really know, no offense to anyone)
     
  8. McBeats macrumors 6502a

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    this is the right answer :D
     

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