SanDisk 1gb = 968mb and Kingston 1gb = 982?

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  1. TrolleyDave
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    TrolleyDave Philosolosophising

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    Sorry if this has been answered before, I tried searching and scanning pages but couldn't find any similar threads.

    I just purchased a SanDisk 1gb MicroSD card (a fiver! hooray!) and it's formatted size is 968mb, yet my Kingston 1gb MicroSD card has a formatted space of 982. Is this normal or have I got a slightly dodgy card?
     
  2. lagman

    lagman I wish I was green.

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    hmm I just checked my Taiwanese Kingston and it's 950mb.. I may format again and post if something change :\
     
  3. Linkiboy

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    Usually Japanese made cards format out to higher capacities for some reason.
     
  4. TrolleyDave
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    Bit of an odd thing though. I would've thought that cluster/sector sizes would be the same, therefore formatting out to roughtly the same size. Unless there are plenty of bad sectors on the card to begin with.

    It looks to be pretty normal though with varying formatted sizes, it's terrible what us computer users have to put up with! I'm gonna try out that little SDFormat util and see if that gains me any space.
     
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    I formatted the SanDisk card using the SDFormat util but it came out with the same amount for formatted space.

    Did you have any luck lagman?
     
  6. n45800

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    Hard drives are designed with extra sectors so they can map out bad blocks when they are manufactured, and also if they develop them later on. Maybe the SanDisk card just has more bad sectors.
     
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    Hmmm. My Kingston 2gb FAT(Jap) only got 1.87GB of memory. Is it normal?
     
  8. TLSpartan

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    Its very normal for a card to have less then its advertised capacity. I would be very surprised if you had one that is 2GB exactly [​IMG]
     
  9. myclock

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    yes that is true. the cards memory is close to the specified amount but never exact. thats just the way they're built. sometimes your luckier and get a bit more extra storage space.
     
  10. azn_225

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    same here man... i think its normal
     
  11. OSW

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    yeah it's normal, but i think better quality carts will tend to have more space actually available, like the kingston japan.
     
  12. flai

    flai Androgynous Apparently :)

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    Its always annoyed me that my old Sandisk 1GB was 950MB and my G6DS Real was 999MB. Probably cause it was NAND flash but still feels like I was cheated out of a game...