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Author:   iPod freak
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 1:06am (PST)
Subject:   Less capacity than expected
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Why does my 4GB Nano says its only got 3.68GB of usable space?



Author:   Cyborg Pancake
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 1:09am (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Because Apple is full of bullshit.

the 30GB only has 27.



Author:   HBK619
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 1:40am (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Don't be such a tosser, the rest is taken up by system files and stuff like that. It's the same as with a USB stick. If you need that extra little bit of space that badly, then even if you had the entire 4GB it would probably be less than the amount of stuff you have, and you should have gotten a larger model in the first place.



Author:   RCM331
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 1:57am (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Everything you buy will be different. 20GB (or anything for that matter) will never be true to what it says. It has to do with the way numbers work in computers.

Just like in binary you double starting from 1, and if you keep doing that you will never get an exact number you will just get a round about number.

11111111 = 256 in binary so trust me don't complain when you get a drive that says it has 100GB and it only show around 97GB.



Author:   The Slayer
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 2:26am (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Its because you lose some space when you format it, and also windows may see the size differently then apple advertises it.

Windows will see 4GB as 4,194,304 kilobytes, but apple may advertise it as only 4,000,000 kilobytes. That difference in size is 189.7MB.

Stupid? Yes. Annoying? Yes. But they can do it.



Author:   axforts2212
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 4:02pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Same thing with Hard Drives. A 160GB Hard drive is 147GB.



Author:   grayfox2
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 11:02pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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[sarcasm]Why didn't anyone ever tell me this?[/sarcasm]



Author:   The Slayer
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 11:44pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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We just did, and you never asked...

My 320GB harddrive is formated out to 298GB.



Author:   Jimbo999
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 11:51pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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How much dose a 80GB Apple iPod really have then?




Author:   axforts2212
Date:   Mar 04, 07 at 11:59pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Probably close to 74. I believe thats how much an 80GB hard drive comes out to. Could be 73.6 though. Pretty sure its one of those 2.



Author:   Master of the VG
Date:   Mar 10, 07 at 3:11am (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Hard drive manufacturers (not Apple) call 1 GB 1 billion bytes. Computer OSes measure a GB as 1024 MB. I believe there have been a few lawsuits in the past about this but nothing ever came of them.

This message was edited by Master of the VG on Mar 10 2007.



Author:   axforts2212
Date:   Mar 10, 07 at 3:06pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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1 billion bytes is 0.93132 Gigabytes.

This message was edited by axforts2212 on Mar 10 2007.



Author:   Master of the VG
Date:   Mar 10, 07 at 3:53pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Seeing as how 1,073,741,824 bytes equals one GB I don't see how a billion (1,000,000,000) equals 93 GB.



Author:   axforts2212
Date:   Mar 10, 07 at 3:56pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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I meant .93GB lol



Author:   grayfox2
Date:   Mar 15, 07 at 9:23pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Less capacity than expected
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Just to clear it up
2.56 Gigs equals 3 Gigs on the market
7.68 Gigs equals 8 Gigs

This is due to binary code, where a number like 1000MB is not one Gigabyte, but 1024MB is one Gigabyte.


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