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When will companies stop falsly advertising HDD space ?

Asked by sandystrachan (4385 points ) August 22nd, 2009

You buy a HDD or computer / console it states its an 80GB HDD, size is an example Yet when you turn the thing on or plug it in. You never gives the proper stated amount, mostly around 20 GB is taken off for the OS or for the plug and play aspect of the HDD the plug and play aspect is less than 20GB but you still dont get the full amount paid for. Why don’t the manufactures add an extra 10 – 20GB so we get the proper 80 or whatever size you buy as free space, or class it as is with the OS GB taken off .

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scamp's avatar

What? You mean there isn’t truth in advertising? Go figure!! I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist. This reminds me of how much George Carlin hated advertising. Sorry you got ripped off.

chronohart's avatar

The advertise the full capacity of the drive, not the unused space.

ratboy's avatar

When HDDs are no longer sold.

marinelife's avatar

Because corporations are all about making money not doing what is best for the consumer.

Have you heard the phrase Caveat emptor? (Let the buyer beware.)

Now that you know this, you know roughly what range to subtract from the advertised amount.

kibaxcheza's avatar

its like a bag of chips…. would you buy the pittly little bag for $2 or the giant bag… they weigh the same, one just has air in it to make it stand out….

plus would you buy a hard drive that said 237.48 Gb???

cwilbur's avatar

The marketers count a gigabyte as 1 billion bytes. The computer counts a gigabyte as 1024×1024 x 1024 bytes, or 1,073,741,824 bytes. That’s where the discrepancy comes from.

dynamicduo's avatar

There is always a note saying that the space calculations are based on whole numbers instead of actual bytes. This has always been the case and will always be the case for digital media because consumers on average are not computer savvy enough to care about this issue.

Regarding your OS space, first off, holy moses that’s a huge OS installation, I can install Windows in well under a few gigabytes. But beyond that, it is simply illogical for them to “count” your OS space when labeling their product – how do they know what OS you run? How do they know how large it will be? They don’t. It’s not hard at all for you the consumer to do a simple bit of mental math to keep track of it.

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