Seagate Settles Suit Alledging Deceptive Gigabyte Definition

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Alex Ethridge

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I'm placing this in the hardware forum because this is where many have posted their question about why there is so much space "missing" from their new hard disks.

I've never varied from my contention that hard disk manufacturers were engaging in deceptive advertising when they defined a Gigabyte as one billion bytes. (A Gigabyte is 1,073,741,824 bytes.)

These people chose to sue Seagate as opposed to other manufacturers; but, even though this case never went as far as judgment (settled out of court), a defacto precedent has been somewhat set.

Of course they admit "no wrong-doing".

Here's the article:
http://www.computerworld.com/action...articleId=9045141&taxonomyId=19&intsrc=kc_top
 
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It is confusing because there are many different computer terms which sound similar, but are very different.

I think they should label drives according to what the consumer "sees", therefore a 500GB drive would be sold as a 465GB drive and a 320GB drive would be sold as a 298GB drive.

I think you could compare it to selling a car which gets XX mpg but everyone gets YY mpg because most people use a "different gallon" (US or imperial).
 

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What it boils down to is that drive manufacturers have for many years falsely puffed up the capacity of their drives, fully aware it was deceptive. Because no one had the temerity to call their hand on it, they got away with it for so long they began to believe they had made new mathematical law.

They know what it is. I know what it is. But, it's like they are saying to me 'you're so ignorant, we'll never tell you the truth about it' and you'll never know any different.

It's the emporer's new clothes.
 
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