[QUOTE=wkt37211;2154772]If you really want to get to the nuts and bolts of it 1 KB (KiloByte) is really 1024 bits. Some HD manufacturers have gone way over board to tell ppl the size of the drive as compared to the actual amount of data that can be stored on that drive. Dell has done this on their site as well.
Just my 2 cents.
Unfortunately your 2c is incorrect - and has been for 8 years
Kilo = 1000
Mega = 1000,000
Giga = 1000,000,000
Kibi = 1024
Mebi = 1024 x 1024 = 1048576
Gibi = 1024 x 1024 x 1024 = 1073,741,824
You must remember that any classical (mechanical) recording medium is serial technology.
RAM based devices are different - they are parallel based technologies.
Bluray/DVD/CD/HDD/Floppy Discs are all serial technologies. Write one bit, then another - therefore they are serial, and specified as such.
Flash Ram / RAM write multiple bytes simultaneously - therefore technically should be specified in MebiBytes/Gibibytes/TebiBytes.
The advent of HDD & Optical Drive Caches & the parallel based interfaces has confused the situation somewhat.