Is there a way to bring to add GBs to a Ipod classic?

For christmas, i got a Ipod Classic 160 GB. But, when i checked the settings, there was only 148. There was pretty much nothing on there, so was that a design flaw, or what?

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mweston7 years ago
 The simple answer is that there is nothing wrong. The way the HDD is formatted shows less space that there actually is. The space is calculated using base2 (I think) which ends up showing al lower capacity, and not only that, but the actual iPos OS. The operating system and all other relevant information is stored on the HDD too. 

I think thats plenty of space to start with anyway. Unless you have a massive music library or tons of video, there are going to be no problems
NYPA (author)  mweston7 years ago
So, i really do have 160 GBs?
Burf NYPA7 years ago
Yep, you really do, the missing space is being used by factory installed software.
NYPA (author)  Burf7 years ago
I don't think so. The only things on there were 3 games that took up 1 GB at most, and just the plain software. And, when i log onto Itunes, the capacity says 148.?? GB.
As I said in my other post:

Some of the space is probably being used to things that aren't visible to you.

But the biggest difference is that 1GB of disk as measured for advertising is only about 0.93GB as measured by the machine. If you do the math, you'll see that comes out exactly where you're reporting it.

As to why the advertisers use thousands rather than the programmer's 1024... That's a long and sordid story, but it boils down to "one manufacturer started doing it that way, and everyone else had to follow suit or their equivalent disks didn't look equivalent." And since it's true (though misleading), we can't accuse them of false advertising and make them correct it. All you can do is get used to it.
NYPA (author)  orksecurity7 years ago
Oh, now i get it!
Yep. Unfortunately, for various reasons (some good, some marketing-related) disk storage is advertised in decimal, so a gigabyte of disk really is (1000*1000*1000) bytes. Some of that storage is lost to formatting and simply maintaining the filesystem, and may be consumed by the device's operating system and resources that support it. And then computers report it in terms of _their_ definition of gigabyte (1024*1024*1024). Between the two,  the shrinkage you're reporting is entirely reasonable.

HOWEVER: I have almost my entire music collection -- well over 300 CD albums plus some tapes I've digitized -- as high-quality MP3s, and they add up to 16GB total. If completely uncompressed they would take up more space, of course... but the fact is, you really do have A Lot Of Space on this beast.
the.mk957 years ago
but you can't take advantage of those last 12 or so gigs because they are already more or less being used by the software