16mb mp3 player only actually 14.6gb?

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Found 23rd Jan 2009
Is that right? I have a sony mp3 player, 16gb but it says its only 14.6gb?

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yup, you never get the full amount available on a disk.

You will never get what is advertised. Its a fact of life.
The missing space is, apart from the initial loss due to formatting, space for the mp3 player software.

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Babbabooey;4168203

yup, you never get the full amount available on a disk.



oh ok, surely they should sell it as a 14.6 gb mp3 player though and not 16gb

Original Poster

Ive got loads of folders on it as well, can I delete them please?

Hard drive in PC's are the same, It may say it's 500gb but you will only get about 455gb, its the space used when formatting.

bargainhunter2009;4168214

oh ok, surely they should sell it as a 14.6 gb mp3 player though and not … oh ok, surely they should sell it as a 14.6 gb mp3 player though and not 16gb



Fraid not, the actual hard drive is a 16gb one, its just that windows/formatting/drivers/software etc.. takes up the rest. Technically it is a 16gb player... It will most likely say somwhere that you won't get the full 16gb to use.

yer sony mp3 players r like tht

It's NOT the formatting that causes the loss. The storage companies see 1GB as 1000MB, when in reality it is 1024MB. So when they say it is 500GB for example, in reality it is 465GB

Advertised Amount Is Decimal(gibbi Bite 1000mb=1gibbi Bite)actual Is Not 1240mb=1gigabite

matisse.net/bit…acy

Have a look at this - it might help.

It's to do with notation.

Its because it is quoted in decimals they are taking 1gb as 1,000,000,000 bytes but it in fact 1,073,741,824 bytes as 1mb is 1024kb and not 1000kb. So 16,000,000,000 bytes (16gb) is only 14,901,161,193 bytes or 14.9gb.

Original Poster

Thanks everyone!

GAVINLEWISHUKD;4168386

Its because it is quoted in decimals they are taking 1gb as 1,000,000,000 … Its because it is quoted in decimals they are taking 1gb as 1,000,000,000 bytes but it in fact 1,073,741,824 bytes as 1mb is 1024kb and not 1000kb. So 16,000,000,000 bytes (16gb) is only 14,901,161,193 bytes or 14.9gb.


And if you read the packaging, especially on iPods it will explain this.

"16mb mp3 player only actually 14.6gb?"

Shhhhhh. Don't tell them - they'll want their 14 odd gigs back!

t0mm;4168454

And if you read the packaging, especially on iPods it will explain this.



Yes and I had to work it out. But then the guy above posted a calculator for it.

I wasted my Friday evening. I'm off to do sudoku!:-D
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