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Have you ever wondered why a pendrive/harddrive has less storage space than promised?

Have you ever noticed how manufacturers and our dealers continue to do this again and again without getting sued?


They are not marketing it falsely, but smartly! While manufacturing a pendrive/harddrive they consider:

1 MB = 1000 KB
1 GB = 1000 MB
1 TB = 1000 GB and so on.

However, our computers work on base 2 and for them:

1 MB = 1024 KB
1GB = 1024 MB
1 TB = 1024 GB

This difference in the method of computation is responsible for this "missing space."


I'll take an example of my 16GB Sandisk pendrive. From Sandisk manufacturer's point of view, the 16GB will have 16*1000*1000*1000 = 16,000,000,000 bytes.

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From a computer's point of view, 16GB is actually
16*1024*1024*1024 = 17,179,869,184 bytes.

So, my Sandisk pendrive that promises to have 16 GB storage space will actually displays 14.9GB.
 17,179,869,184 - 16,000,000,000 = 1,179,869,184 bytes(1.1 GB) less storage space when connected to a computer. Indeed..

Things doesn't go so bad when you purchase small storage devices like pendrives,memory cards but with external harddisks....

Shrey Kapoor is a Tech-Enthusiast, Harvard certified Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics Expert. He Founder Techphlie.com, which is one of the India's Top Tech News Website. Even Forbes and many other renowned publishers took his articles reference. Shrey is a Technology analyst, strategic thinker and creative writer who is passionate to deliver the best, latest possible Tech-News to his followers and subscribers. He completed his masters in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, certified in IPR, T.Q.M. & ISO 9001:2008 In Quality Management Systems.

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