SL Binary vs. Base 10 disk space algorithm revisited

Discussion in 'macOS' started by maflynn, Nov 17, 2009.


Do you care that Snow Leopard changed from binary to base 10 for disk space computati

  1. I don't mind or care how SL changed the disk space algorithm to base 10

    3 vote(s)
  2. I hate it, its now inconsistent with every other platform, OS and applications

    6 vote(s)
  3. What’s binary???

    1 vote(s)
  1. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    So now that SL has been out for a while and 10.6.2 has been released, I'd like to revisit the the base 10 vs. binary issue and see people's opinion of this now.

    My opinion: At first I didn't care, but as time went on and I started using various applications that provided information on hard drive space (omnidisksweeper, idisk,etc) I found it rather confusing and aggravating, so much so, I used that script file that was provided here

    I also use other OSs that rightly use binary to computer free disk space and when mounting my HFS+ drives, the free space reported is different enough to bug me.

    What's your opinion on this whole matter
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I'm with you, maflynn. I use Windows and Linux regularly, in addition to SL, and it's confusing when different OSes think the same file is two different sizes.

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