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Brilliant, but deceptive.,
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This review is from: Western Digital Elements 400GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Personal Computers)
The Western Digital Elements is brilliant. It is instantly installed onto almost any computer, as soon as you plug in the USB. It is fast and it holds lots of memory. However:
This "400GB" hard drive is really only 372GB.
The manufacturers for almost all hard drives advertise the capacity falsely.
When they say 1GB, they mean 1000MB. But 1GB is really 1024MB.
So if they were being entirely honest, they would advertise this as a 372GB Hard Drive.
The 500GB is really 465GB,
the 320GB is really 298GB,
the 250GB is really 232GB.
To work out a the true capacity, take the number the manufacturer gives you, e.g. 400. Pick up a calculator, then times the number by 0.931.
e.g. 400 x 0.931 = 372(GB)
And there we have it...the truth!