Why is the storage of a pen drive less than the advertised storage?

Asked by Shivam

Storage device manufacturers usually assume 1 kilobyte to equal 1000 bytes, 1 megabyte to equal 1000 kb, and so on. On the other hand, windows assumes 1 kilobyte to mean 1024 bytes, and 1024 kb to mean 1 megabyte, and so on.

Calculations would show that a pen drive advertised as 16 GB by the manufacturer are equal to 16*10⁹ bytes, which is 16 * 10⁹ / 2³⁰ = 14.9 GB in windows, which is pretty accurate based on what you experimentally observe.

Another reason for which the “effective space” of a storage device gets reduced is because some space needs to be reserved for the file table, which is the information about which file is stored at which address on the drive.

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