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Sony NW-HD3 18.6GB!!!!

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by mousebong, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. mousebong

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    Hello all,

    Does anyone know why, when completely empty / formatted, my HD3 says it only has 18.6GB free?

    I know a little bit of space will be taken up by necessary software etc., but isn't 1.4GB excessive?

    Thanks
     
  2. LFCRules

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    Don't know about the Sony, but if it makes you feel any better, my 20GB IPOD only has 18.5 GB free!!
     
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    All orderly. Must be exactly so much.
     
  4. Kazuya Mishima

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    All hardrives are like that. My PC has a "40gb" hard drive which is actually 37.5gb, and my bros PS2 has a "120gb" hard drive which is actually 114gb. My HD3 has an 18.6gb as well.
     
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    they always round up.
     
  7. Cloysterpeteuk

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    It's actually because your pc and the hard drive manufacturers use a different way to calculate size, the manufacturers says a GB is 1,000 MB, yet your computer recognises a GB as 1,024 MB, hence you get loads of space missing. It's really noticable these days with the bigger hard drives, just think how much space you will lose on a terabyte drive!. As for the software this takes up a couple of hundred mb tops, probably less.
     
  8. mcfarfs

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    I heard there is a Sony Vaio desktop pc with a terabyte hard drive! anyone know if thats true?
     
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    Probably just a couple of 500mb drives. No single TB drives yet.
     
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    It's correct!!! 'cause 1MB = 1024 Bytes, NOT 1000 Bytes. Do the division and u will get 18.6GB.
     
  11. mousebong

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    Thanks very much especially to Cloysterpeteuk and twcheang, for explaining this to me!

    Surely Manufacturers can't get away with selling a 20GB drive based on 1MB = 1,000 bytes for long though?
     
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    It's been that way since time began unfortunately, and will likely continue.
     
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    No they don't.

    See other people posts for a good explanation.
     
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    i think you mean 500gb.....
     
  15. Cloysterpeteuk

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    I know of someone who has 2TB of storage space, of which 90% is full. Spent over £2000 on space over the years, not sure what his single largest drive is though. I saw a review of external drives a while back, the biggest one being reviewed was 400GB. I would love to know what laptops are handicapped by such small drives, I mean an ipod will get an 80gb model in a few months and laptops drives seem to go no higher than that. All the affordable laptops max out at 40GB!, rather pathetic for the price you pay for them aint it.
     
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    Getting off topic but hey:

    "All the affordable laptops max out at 40GB!, rather pathetic for the price you pay for them aint it."

    Wah? Have to disagree with that. My year old Dell Inspiron (which was pretty much the cheapest P4 3Ghz machine on the market at the time) had a 60Gb drive in it, and they offered up to 80Gb. What's really bad is that, even though manufacturers (read: Seagate) have been saying they will release some very soon for several YEARS now, Hitachi are the only manufacturer to produce a 2.5" 7200rpm drive. And thats 60Gb. Certainly got me one of those as it gives the slowest performing laptop a good kick up the pants, but that 60Gb capacity is just so limiting. Very very annoying.
     
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    By affordable I think he means around the £500 mark. And they do tend to have 40gb. Bearing in mind you can buy 120GB for £40, i can't understand why this is.
     
  18. Cloysterpeteuk

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    I would say an affordable laptop should be £500 - £600, seeing as an entry level PC is now only £300.
     
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    True, but then 120GB drives at £40 are 3.5" and not 2.5" that is needed for laptops. These are far more expensive (and as pointed out earlier, also slower).

    But then that's why laptop bits are more expensive... who want's to carry round all the extra weight and bits.
     

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