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 09-23-2017, 04:30 PM #22471 Fully Optimized     Join Date: Mar 2011 Location: USA Posts: 1,944 Re: Random Chit Chat I remember notching 720K 3.5" disks in order to use them as 1.44MB disks. One of my earliest jobs was as a tech testing/repairing 8" floppy drives at Shugart Associates. __________________
 09-23-2017, 04:59 PM #22472 Fully Optimized     Join Date: Jan 2013 Location: USA Posts: 3,874 Re: Random Chit Chat How does 720K x 2 = 1.44M? (think binary) __________________ __________________ I'm being stalked!
 09-23-2017, 05:41 PM #22473 Fully Optimized     Join Date: Feb 2011 Location: Denmark Posts: 4,013 Re: Random Chit Chat I am guessing you are referring to the fact that 1MB = 1024KB in computer math. All has to do with the fact that there are 8 bits in 1 byte. That confuses us humans that uses a base 10 system. __________________ MOBO: Asus Maximus 6 Hero - GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980ti xtreme - CPU: I7-4770K - PSU: Corsair AX760 RAM: Corsair Vantage 2x4GB - SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 512 + LiteOn LCS-256 - Case: NZXT H440
 09-24-2017, 08:35 AM #22474 Baseband Member     Join Date: Sep 2017 Location: England Posts: 39 Re: Random Chit Chat The 1024 number and other such multiples of 2 would be mebibyte (MiB), gibibyte (GiB) etc. - it also explains why Windows sees a 1TB hard drive as 931GB because the hard drive makers put 1000GB not 1024GiB or something like that.
 09-24-2017, 10:37 AM #22475 Fully Optimized     Join Date: Jan 2013 Location: USA Posts: 3,874 Re: Random Chit Chat That magic number is the unformatted size of the drive. After formatting the number will be less. __________________ I'm being stalked!
 09-24-2017, 08:14 PM #22476 Fully Optimized     Join Date: Mar 2011 Location: USA Posts: 1,944 Re: Random Chit Chat Yeah, the 720K diskette I mentioned was actually 800K prior to formatting.
09-25-2017, 01:54 AM   #22477
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 Originally Posted by Celery That magic number is the unformatted size of the drive. After formatting the number will be less.
Okay, now it makes sense. Thanks!

09-26-2017, 02:36 PM   #22478
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Since I returned the new phone I had some money to spend so I browsed around Walmart today and found:

X-files season 1-4 DVD set for \$30, Night Gallery season 1 plus pilot movie DVD set for \$15 and Sandisk 64G retractable thumb drive for \$14.

I call it a good day.
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 09-26-2017, 02:53 PM #22479 Fully Optimized     Join Date: Oct 2011 Location: Saudi Arabia Posts: 3,233 Re: Random Chit Chat You know how to enjoy your life. I'm jealous __________________ My main rig (click here).
09-26-2017, 03:02 PM   #22480
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 Originally Posted by ChirunoScarlet Okay, now it makes sense. Thanks!
I have a hard time seeing a 500gb turning into a 455gb drive after format and system install....
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