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tas@mindspring.com (Timothy A. Seufert)  wrote on 22.12.01 in <p05101000b84a980dd9e1@[10.0.0.42]>:

> Vojtech Pavlich wrote:
>
> >4Mbit bandwidth is usually 4 * 10^3 * 2^10 bits per second.
> >20GB harddrive is usually 20 * 10^6 * 2^10 bytes.
>
> A 20 GB hard drive is always 20 * 10^9 bytes. I'm not sure why so
> many people on the linux-kernel list think otherwise, but the hard
> drive industry is quite consistent in its use of power-of-10 units to
> describe capacity. See:

>From dmesg:

"195371568 sectors (100030 MB)" (calls itself 100)
"8250001 512-byte hdwr sectors (4224 MB)" (calls itself 4330)

I take back whatever I said. It's not 1024^n. It's not 1024*1000^n. It's
not 1000^n. I don't know what it is, except it's all a lie.

MfG Kai
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