What size hard drive?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iPilot, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. iPilot macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    Trying to decide which size hard drive to get when I order a new imac. Based on my past computer usage, 320gb would be way more than I could ever fill. However, I am just now starting to get into digital photography, and while I still don't think I'll need more than the basic, I hate to think that there's a chance I would, expecially since the 500gb is only another $90 (ed discount).

    What are most of you getting?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    The basic rule of drives is you'll fill whatever you have. Depending on how 'into' digital photography you get, you'll probably be fine with the 320GB drive. :)
  3. conshok26 macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2006
    North Tonawanda, NY
    how much do you really get on the 320 GB drive. i know it's always less like my 160 shows up as around 149.
  4. iPilot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    My math could be off, but I think you'd get 312.5GB on a 320GB drive, and 488 on a 500GB drive.
  5. Wayfarer macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
  6. Nick12945 macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2007
    I think your math is off... I'm not really sure though.
  7. iPilot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    I probably didn't use the right formula, but wouldn't it simply be 320,000 / 1024 (for the 320GB drive), and 500,000 / 1024 for the 500 GB drive? Probably too simple, I suppose.
  8. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Actually, 320 Gb drive, by my math, equated to 298.023 Gbs. 500 is 465.66 Gbs. I'd say get the 500 'cause you'll love the extra space in a yearish.

    (320,000,000,000 bytes÷1024÷1024÷1024= real number or Gibibytes, yes gibibytes not gigabytes, that's how the computer sees it (base 2 vs base 10))
  9. iPilot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    Gotcha, thanks. I figured it was more complicated than what I was doing.
  10. rest44 macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2006
    Order the 320b one, and them add an external HDD. It´s the best option ;)

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