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Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 12, '12 08:23:42PM

That's interesting... I have never seen the different names, and I doubt many other people have either. I have seen the different abbreviations (ie. GiB vs. GB) but it never really dawned on me what each one meant. I'd be curious to know the percentage of computer software that actually uses the correct abbreviations/terms - I think I've only seen *iB in some bit torrent programs .. and maybe also in some Linux environments. I know Windows doesn't use it, as the 95,737,000,000 bytes free on my Windows machine are reported as 89.1 GB, and I'm pretty sure previous Mac OSes didn't (I only have Lion machines, but I verified this in the screenshot on the Disk Utility Wikipedia page.)

But regardless of what's correct, I agree that the base 10 reporting of sizes should be the standard. If a drive is advertised as 500 GB, I want my computer to report it as 500 GB.

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