Western Digital settles hard drive lawsuit

Written by Wil Harris

July 3, 2006 | 10:07

Tags: #capacity #digital #drive #gb #gigabytes #hard #lawsuit #western

Hard drive maker Western Digital has had to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by customers who are unhappy that the drive capacity they've been getting from their storage purchases are rather different from the numbers quoted on the box.

Western Digital, like many hard drive manufacturers, quotes its capacities in metric Gigabytes - where 1 GB is 1000 Megabytes. Of course, computers actually work in binary GB, where 1 GB is 1024 MB. WD's quoted 120GB drive actually only delivers 111 GB in Windows.

Whilst this measuring convention has been in place for years now, it's only in a world where capacities are skyrocketing that the amount of lost space has become noticeable.

Customers unhappy with their drives can sign up to get a $30 rebate, in the form of backup and recovery software to that value.

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