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Hey, I might get $5 
19th-Sep-2003 11:39 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
Hard Drive size class action suit.

http://wired.com/news/business/0,1367,60505,00.html
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19th-Sep-2003 12:01 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. I can't wait for the day that I have to have a disclaimer tattoed to every part of my body.
19th-Sep-2003 02:12 pm (UTC)
You know, I've noticed that. When I bought my 120GB hard drive, I noticed immediately I did not have a full 120GB at my disposal. I figured that was par for the course, like buying all that airspace in the top of a bag of chips.
20th-Sep-2003 11:00 pm (UTC)
There's a little lost to formatting but the main reason is the whole issue of the definition of a Gigabyte. The main definition of 2^30 bytes (1024^3) conflicts with the manufacturer definition of 10^9 bytes (1000^3).

It's pretty similar to the old CRT monitor class action suit. For quite a while manufacturers advertised monitor sizes using the diagonal measurement of the full tube instead of the diagonal measurement of the usable area. There was a lawsuit (I think I was eligible for maybe $7 or something) which is why they now clearly state "17-inch, 16.0-inch viewable image size" in specifications now. I don't know if they'll start saying "160GB (149GB usable)" if the manufacturers lose.
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