200gb hard drive?

Frank Knobbe frank at knobbe.us
Thu Nov 20 16:13:28 PST 2003

On Thu, 2003-11-20 at 14:56, Derrick Ryalls wrote:
> When manufacturers talk about drive size, they use base 10.  When computer
> report drive size, they use base 2.  So, if you divide 200,000,000 bytes by
> ( 1024 * 1024 ), you get roughly 190gig in binary, so off the bat you lose
> 10gigs of space due to marketspeak translation.

That's not always the case. I have seen disk manufacturers use something
like base 20 :)  In other words, they advertise a 160 GB drive which
only holds 120 GB. I hope they get sued for this crap.... talk about
deceptive marketing...geesh...


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