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Thread: 250GB External HDD

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    Okay, I just got one two nights ago for 200 bucks on sale. Yey, but when I hooked it up and all, my computer only say it's 232GB. What happened to the other 18GB? I have all the latest updates and all.


    Did I just get rip? Someone please explain to me. ^_~

    Thanks.

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    It's because manufacturers say 1000MB = 1GB, when in reality 1024MB = 1GB.
    They also use 1000KB = 1MB when that's wrong, too.
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    yeah so basically they make it sound like you have more than you actually do..but sounds like you got how many its suppose to have...some harddrives come up way short...i got a 200 gb hard drive one time and it only had 120gb...definatly wrong i had to rma it

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprafreak6
    yeah so basically they make it sound like you have more than you actually do..but sounds like you got how many its suppose to have...some harddrives come up way short...i got a 200 gb hard drive one time and it only had 120gb...definatly wrong i had to rma it
    In your case, the MB bios needs to be updated to support 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA), or your limit will be 128GB.

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    Hardware manufacturers assume that 1GB = 10^9 = 1000,000,000
    Software suppliers assume that 1GB = 2^30 = 1,073,741,824

    250 x 10^9 / 2^30 = 232.8

    You should have read the small print.
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    It's the same for any storage device. For MP3 says it's 512mb, but I can't even fit 500mb worth of music on it.
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    Don't you mean phat music?

    ...mmm... actually, my bad.
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    Also, don't forget that part of the free space will be used for the index/table.

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    Damn, i really thought it would be 250gb when it say 250.

    Oh well, 200 bucks for 232gb + it's external is a good deal.

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