What size hard drive?

iPilot

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Aug 22, 2007
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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?
 

mad jew

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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. :)
 

iPilot

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

iPilot

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Aug 22, 2007
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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.
 

iToaster

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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))
 

iPilot

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

rest44

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