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>does anyone know why hard drives never have as much space as they claim?
Simply put, its a marketing ploy but not actually a lie.
A “500 GB” hard drive actually has 500,105,216,000 bytes of space. This is the actual size of the Hard drive calculated using the decimal system. However, typical operating systems use binary to calculate space. These methods are different thus giving different calculations.
Confusing, I know….but you can go to sleep tonight knowing that you’re not really being skrewd. : )