File and disk sizes in OS X

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Nightfox, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Nightfox

    Nightfox Guest

    Has anyone noticed that Apple's OS X reports file & disk sizes differently than
    the norm for other OSes? Some time ago, when I had a Mac, I noticed that OS X
    reports file & disk sizes using multiples of 10 (for instance: 1,000 bytes =
    1KB and 1,000,000 bytes = 1MB). That's different from what most other OSes use
    (1,024 bytes = 1KB and 1,048,576 bytes = 1MB). The result is that OS X reports
    file & disk sizes differently (for files 1KB and greater) - The sizes that will
    appear in OS X are larger than what will appear in other operating systems.

    Does anyone have an idea of why Apple would do that? The only reason I can
    think of is perhaps they think it's more natural to think of file sizes that
    way, or perhaps to go along with hard drive manufacturers who started reporting
    their drive sizes that way some time ago. But I think it would cause
    confusion, since it's different from how other operating systems report file &
    disk sizes.

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  2. Nightfox

    Paul Guest

    If developers used IEC notation when appropriate, this
    would all be rigorously reported. As it is, you have
    to use your "math fu" to figure out what units
    they might actually be using.

    In other words:

    Use GB when you mean 1000**3
    Use GiB when you mean 1024**3

    Screen printouts must use the right labels, for all the
    numbers to add up.

    And some of this was tied up in truth-in-advertising
    court cases. Screwing around, cost them money.

    Paul, Nov 17, 2013
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