Memorystick question

• 07-23-2005, 01:21 PM
TheRaiderNation
Memorystick question
Oaky I have two memory sticks the 32 and 256 but when I put the 32 in i only get 30mb and when i put the 256 in i only get 221mb.:think: Anyone know why this is.
• 07-23-2005, 01:24 PM
Joey
becuse that's the way it is... every body's MS is like that... even HDD are like that (a 20 GB drive will only have like 19)...
• 07-23-2005, 01:28 PM
JimShoe
The reasone for this is formatting takes up the room.
• 07-23-2005, 01:30 PM
TheRaiderNation
i know that the formating takes up room but why only 2 on the 32 and like 35 on the 256.
• 07-23-2005, 01:44 PM
iNvisioN
Its need more space to handle the bigger size of the MS. On my 1GB I had 949Mb after I formated.
• 07-23-2005, 01:46 PM
TheRaiderNation
Ya see thats what i dont understand the bigger the MS is the more space it takes away.:think:
• 07-23-2005, 01:47 PM
Unregistered
Bascially it is this (pulled from http://personal-computer-tutor.com/abc3/v30/vic30.htm). Just substitute hard drive for memory stick :)

A common marketing ploy by hard drive manufacturers is to calculate the size of a hard disk by using the decimal 10 system of 1000 bytes = one kilobyte, instead of the binary system where 1024 bytes = one kilobyte (your PC only knows binary). This rounding off practice means you end up with a hard drive with a capacity less than what is indicated on the label. For example, a true 80 GB hard disk can hold 85,899,345,920 bytes, but by using the base 10 formula, 80 GB comes out to only 80,000,000,000 bytes Do the simple subtraction, that's 5,899,345,920 bytes less than the true value. Now calculate what 5,899,345,920 bytes converts to by entering 5899345920 in the Byte box above. You will find that it translates to a loss of 5.49419 GIGABYTES!

To perform the calculation manually:

True Size: 80 x 1024 X 1024 x 1024 = 85,899,345,920 bytes
False Size: 80 x 1000 x 1000 x 1000= 80,000,000,000 bytes

And there you have the reason for the size discrepancy when you correctly install a hard drive in Windows and its Properties report it to be smaller than what you thought. A PC only understands binary, 0's and 1's, and that's how Windows calculates your hard drive size. This means that an 80 GB drive, figured using the decimal 10 system, would only show as about 74.5GBs in Windows. A 40 GB drive would only show as about 37.2 GB The difference works out to about 7% less.
• 07-23-2005, 01:50 PM
TheRaiderNation
do u think u can make that a little less smart.