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Old 09-23-2003, 12:08 AM   #1
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How big is your hard drive?

Friday 19th September 2003


Computer makers sued over 'deceptive' hard drive sizes
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Four Los Angeles residents are suing the world's leading computer manufacturers, alleging that they mislead customers when advertising the size of their hard drives.
Reuters reports that the lawsuit focuses on the fact that although computers write data in the binary system drive sizes are described using decimal.

Consequently, a hard drive advertised as 20GB provides just 18.6GB of usable space. As drives get bigger so does the disparity; at 150GB the difference is up to 10GB.

Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba are all targeted and the plaintiffs are seeking an injunction to prevent this 'deceptive' practice in future, compensation and 'disgorgement' of past profits resulting from this practice.

The plaintiffs are also seeking class-action status for the suit, which, if granted, would allow other digruntled disk owners to join.

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Aww, so thats why my maxtor 40GB HD has only 38.2 GB. I want my 1.8 GB!!!!!!
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Old 09-23-2003, 01:10 AM   #2
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I say good. You should get what you paid for.
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Old 09-23-2003, 01:27 AM   #3
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Stinkin thieves! Although it was common knowledge the harddrives were never as big as they should be. Surprising it took this long for someone to get around to doing something about it.
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Old 09-23-2003, 02:30 AM   #4
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the thing is that space is there its just used to manage.

this is one of those stupid cases. but yeah they should display Usable storage on the box's;)

...when you start making money someone is going to sue you.
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Old 09-23-2003, 06:56 AM   #5
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I thought hard disks stores extra information inaccessable by consumers, it's only accessible by authorites to investigate crimes from criminals using computers. I think I read it from the newspaper a while ago... that 2.8gig space is missing from a 40gig hard disk because it is used to store info about your PC and what you do with it.
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Old 09-23-2003, 02:41 PM   #6
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I thought hard disks stores extra information inaccessable by consumers, it's only accessible by authorites to investigate crimes from criminals using computers. I think I read it from the newspaper a while ago... that 2.8gig space is missing from a 40gig hard disk because it is used to store info about your PC and what you do with it.
If that were true, then there would be some major lawsuits.
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You can reclaim all the missing space on the hard drive if you create multiple partitions on it, i.e., create at least two drives C: and D: .
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Old 09-23-2003, 05:24 PM   #8
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Shh! DOn't be stealing all that space from the authorities now!
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You can reclaim all the missing space on the hard drive if you create multiple partitions on it, i.e., create at least two drives C: and D: .
Always best to partition the drive.
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Old 09-24-2003, 12:58 AM   #10
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I checked my HDD the other day and Im not missing any space. Stupid Bastards consider GB a 1000MB.
Grrrrr

An on Partitions, how come whenever I format my drive I cannot seem to access 4 mb. The drive wont let me touch it. I cant seem to work out what exactly it is used for. Anyone know?
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An on Partitions, how come whenever I format my drive I cannot seem to access 4 mb. The drive wont let me touch it. I cant seem to work out what exactly it is used for. Anyone know?
Some computers reserve some hard drive space for the Stand By mode, especially laptops.
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