How To Force Snow Leopard To Be Honest About Your Hard Drive

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However you feel (Betrayed! Nonplussed! Sleepy!) about Apple's decision to switch the way Snow Leopard calculates space from the more traditional base 2 method to the more flattering base 10, it was disappointing to find out that Apple hadn't magically carved 20GB out of your Leopard install.


Most of us have accepted our falsely inflated disks and moved on, but for the rest of us, here's how to force Snow Leopard to report bits like everyone else, which is lame in its own way. Feel free to tear apart my use of the headline "honest" in the comments; I'll be busy weeping over my 250GB 233GB hard drive. [Macrumors, image courtesy of Lifehacker]



Hard drive manufacturers (and computer manufacturers for that matter,) sell hard drives in base 10. Everyone and everything else uses base 2. The only reason they use base 10 is because it allows them to put a bigger number on the box. There's even someone trying to drum up a class action lawsuit about it - calling "false advertising" - and in a way, it is...

What this does for apple is make it so that the number on the outside of the box matches what the computer tells you. What I would prefer, is if the whole world switched to base 2 for hard drives instead of more people switching to base 10.