What size hard drive?

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  1. iPilot macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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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. :)
     
  3. conshok26 macrumors 6502

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    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

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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.
     
  5. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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  6. Nick12945 macrumors regular

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

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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.
     
  8. iToaster macrumors 68000

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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))
     
  9. iPilot thread starter macrumors newbie

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

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

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