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Not Getting What You Pay for: On Hard Drives and Missing Space
I've been wondering his for a while, but its recently come up again.
I'm referring to the fact that when you buy a Hard Drive - the usable space is less than what is advertised.
I am setting up a backup solution using Apple's Time Machine.
I have a few computers on my home network, and so ordered a new External Hard Drive to use. I decided to buy a Terabyte - that should future-proof me for a while.
Upon hooking up this new Drive (Western Digital My Book - USB2) I noticed that rather than 1000GB - The drive has 930GB available. Now, I've noticed this before, but I've never bought a drive this large and... 70BG? Thats a lot of space. Thats more than the Hard Drive of the Macbook I'm writing on!
So whats this, 7% of my drive is "unusable"? The drive was never 1TB?
I'm assuming there's a technical reason for this. I'm assuming its actually 1TB, but due to a technical reason PC's cant access it all etc. I just dont see why its become the norm.
Does anyone know the reason? Has anyone mentioned it to a vendor/retailer? - What do they say? Anybody not care? Anybody outraged?