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Windows 7: Change File Size Calculations

19 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Change File Size Calculations

It appears windows does not cnform to the standard method of calculating file size. e.g. the standard value of 1GB is 1000MB, however windows uses 1024MB. As such it is not in fact a "Gigabyte" But a "Gibibyte". This is extremley annoying, as for egxample, I have a 2TB hard Drive, which in the settings tells me is: 2,000,263,573,504 bytes, this is correct, however it also tells me that the hard drive is 1.81TB when it should say 2TB. Is there any way I can change windows's calculation method for file sizes? So that 1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytesinstead of 1,099,511,627,776 byte which is a TiB (or tebibyte) This is probably a very stupid question and pointless, but if anyone can help\knows what to do I will appreciate it.

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19 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Ummm...1024 is the standard means of calculating bits and bytes. Hard drive manufactures are the ones who use the nonstandard method (1000). The calculation method has been around since the beginning. The new prefixes with "i" in the middle is just a new concept which is just a pointless bandaid. What you are asking is just to change a "display" quirk. You want it to say *iB instead of *B. Which in itself is pointless. But to actually change the calculation would be even more trouble some and pointless.

For the record, the only ones who would care are nerds, not the general public who is Windows' main user base.
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