This one explains it quite well I think:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Manuel Dejonghe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Rockbox development" <email@example.com>; "BlueChip" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 3:44 AM
Subject: Re: hdd space
> I remember having READ (not heard next to the coffee machine from an
> unreliable source) that there is another description for those
> "metric" byte amounts.
> Unfortunately, it went something like "GigiByte" or something like that.
> Ah, I'm just coming back from half an hour of google excourse, and
> finally, of course, wikipedia:
> It says it pretty well, the one is GB (Gigabyte), the other one GiB (GigiByte).
> Yes, I was shocked too...
> There is even http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mebibit which can only be
> something for bare rough throughputs.
> Raaah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilobyte messes it up back again.
> They are talking about two types of kilobytes (kB and KB), then
> finally come up with the kiB, but confound it...
> Time to go to bed...
> Final note: The kibibyte-stuff is "quasi"-standard since 1998 in IEC...
> On Sat, 01 Jan 2005 22:56:26 +0000, BlueChip <email@example.com> wrote:
> > At 14:06 01/01/2005, you wrote:
> > >On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 23:46:15 -0600, Sarai D. Bucciarelli
> > ><firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > > [...]
> > > > Also, it says free disk space 17.9,
> > > > is this correct? I mean I have a lot of music on my player and it seems
> > > like
> > > > that number never changes. I know its a 20 GB player, it just seems
> > > like its
> > > > taking a while to fill up. Believe me, I don't mind all of the space, I'm
> > > > just curious.
> > >
> > >Hi, can't help for the other topics, but that Free Disk Space is a
> > >windows-lapse. They don't update the free disk space counter
> > >correctly. If you hit "Play" on that screen, it will take a while, but
> > >rockbox will check himself and update that counter. You will hear/fell
> > >the harddisk spinning and searching a lot.
> > >
> > >Happy new year, Manuel
> > There is another theory which goes something like ...drive manufacturers
> > claim that 1GB is 1000*1000*1000 bytes ...OSes (and memory manufacturers)
> > claim that 1GB is 1024*1024*1024 bytes:
> > (20GB * (1000*1000*1000)) / (1024*1024*1024) = 18.63GB
> > ..so there's the first gig and half accounted for
Received on Sun Jan 2 11:21:52 2005