[linux-lvm] I'm confused
bill+f.9sfuw6uo at tao-group.com
Mon Dec 9 04:16:02 UTC 2002
> > I think hardisk manufacturers use base 10, rather than base 2, when they
> > speak of "mega" and "giga", ie. mega = 1000K and not 1024K. That means
> > that a 120G hardisk is only 114.4G. Hence, 109.77G + about 3G = about
> > 113G. Hmm, still about 1.5G missing.
> They also quote the size before laying down timing tracks
> and bad block mappings -- along with the bad blocks. That
> accounts for another 10%.
What you are saying is completely wrong.
When a drive manufacturer quotes a drive with a capacity of 100 GB, what
they are quoting is the *user* capacity.
There are at least 100 GB available to the "user".
The "user" is the host machine.
For a typical 512 byte block size that will mean that there will be at
100 x 10^9 / 512 blocks
195 312 500 blocks
available to the *user*, i.e. the host machine.
Whatever the drive uses internally is not counted.
If you look at drive specs, you will sometimes see a figure quoted for
"user data sectors" (in this case 195 312 500) and this always indicates
a capacity higher than the quoted drive capacity.
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