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Authored by: wallybear on Apr 13, '08 03:40:33PM

Yes, but as computers are binary machines and use drive space in power of 2 units, manufacturers should specify (as occurred in the past) drive sizes in GiB (Gibibytes = 2^30 bytes) as this is the actual usable space.
Instead what happens now is that you buy a 500GB drive thinking to have 500GiB available space, only to discover you have only 465GiB.
If computers uses drive space in chunks of 512,1024 or 4096 bytes, it's useless and deviant to give drive size in power of 10 sizes.



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