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[UPDATED] asked by BWX on May 9, 2009
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You're not losing all that space to any "formatting", you're just prey to marketing and confusing computer lingo. Hard drive manufacturers dictate a 1GB as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes whereas Windows calculates 1GB it as 1,073,741,824. Technically speaking, windows version of GB really should be referred to as GiB rather than GB. A 500GB hard drive sold by Maxtor/WD/Seagate etc. will show in windows as 465.5 GB. Just as these 8GB cards show as 7.44GB. For simplifying, you can pretty much divide the stated capacity by 1.074 to see what you're actually going to get.
SEC answered on January 2, 2010
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"Pawel says: just format and u get empty card "

I did format (on my PC) and I got 7.31 and 7.46 GB on those cards as I said in original post. By "empty" do you mean 8GB? That's what I was wondering..
BWX answered on May 18, 2009
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Formatting a Flash Drive (like formatting a hard drive on a PC) does two things: (1) removes the index to all files and (2) removes references to bad sectors. In all likelihood, this is why one of the memory cards reports a smaller size
J. Ajzenman answered on June 3, 2010
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I never gave it much thought so I checked mine. I have an 8GB Kingston elite pro card which actually has a 7.49GB capacity.
Will answered on May 19, 2009
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Morlok says: "I never gave it much thought so I checked mine. I have an 8GB Kingston elite pro card which actually has a 7.49GB capacity."

Yup, that makes sense. I checked out my third one and it has the same as the other one, 7.46GB- so it must just be the space needed to format. It must be like regular Fat32 HD in a PC, (or NTFS for that matter), they both take up quite a bit of space just for the format.
BWX answered on May 20, 2009
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that doesn't explain the difference between the two identical cards, read OP........
BWX answered on January 3, 2010
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bump?
BWX answered on May 11, 2009
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just format and u get empty card
Pawel answered on May 18, 2009
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