when is 200 Gb not 200Gb ?

  jack 14:06 13 Aug 2004

When it is a Seagate Barracuda 200 Gb HDD it seems. Having taken delivery of one of the above and intallled it as an external drive, on setting up the drive details listed 186 Gb available. This prompted a E-mail to retailer querying the drive? Is it Faulty? Shall I return it etc.,
However whilst poking around Seagates web site I found that a 200 Gb drive does indeed deliver 186Gb Then may I enquire is it billed as a 200Gb? What is wrong in labelling devices with their actual delivery performance?.

  Chegs ® 14:11 13 Aug 2004

Your hdd is reported as 186Gb yet labeled as 200Gb as mfg use 1 way to describe a hdd and windows uses another(never could get my head round the maths)As your "missing" space is bigger than some folks total hdd space I wouldn't worry. :-)

  woodchip 14:29 13 Aug 2004

Wooo for a long time now they have been calling 1000Mb as 1Gb it's not it should be 1024Mb for a 1Gb but they are all using the same formula so you have been robbed but you have no way of redress

  jack 14:40 13 Aug 2004

Thanx wood chip, it takes me back to nursery days
we forget siple things like every thing in this compotery lark is a four multiple thus
8 16 32 64 128 256 1024 and 1024 is called a mega
Got it.

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