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    Hello everyone,

    I have over 200 DVDs (4.7 gigs) that I dont have time to convert to divx.

    How many 4.7 Gig DVDs may fit into 500 gig HDD?

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    I say nobody should answer this question and let the OP figure it out for himself?
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    Thanks for your reply.

    I was trying to figure it mathematically, but did not know how to.

    I know that a 500 gig HDD has less than that.

    Any other (decent) replies will be appreciated.
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    Round up. Change 4.7 to 5. Then divide 500 by 5.

    That'll add a tiny margin, sure. If you're worried about running into the limit, remove at least one or two discs (5-10GB, in this case), and keep that as free space, just to be safe. It's probably better to not fill the drive to the limit, anyway.
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    rt click the drive and select 'properties see the actual size (in bytes), do the same for the file, and you have your more exact math.
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    @ TooLFooL and Ai Haibara.

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    I'm guessing that 500GB drive will show up on the computer as about a 470GB or so. Easy to divide that by the 4.7GB DVD size and that would give you about 100 DVDs. Actually burned DVD-5 DVDs are about 4.37GB maximum. And some may be smaller. So I would estimate 100 to 120 DVDs would fit.

    The confusion in the actual size of a hard drive is the way it's measured. One gigabyte is actually 1024 MB, not 1000MB or 1GB. DVDs have the same problem. 4.37GB is a more correct number for burned DVD-5s as it uses the proper 1024MB sizes.

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    Originally Posted by redwudz
    The confusion in the actual size of a hard drive is the way it's measured. One gigabyte is actually 1024 MB, not 1000MB or 1GB. DVDs have the same problem. 4.37GB is a more correct number for burned DVD-5s as it uses the proper 1024MB sizes.
    In short: The capacity of a "500 GB" HDD and a "4.7 GB" DVD is calculated in the same f*cked up, marketing department way, so it's safe to say that you'll be able to fit 500/4.7=106.38 DVDs on the HDD.

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    465GB (500BG)
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    4.3GB (4.7GB)
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    And what are the odds that every DVD is completely full? So this is all guesstimates anyway. Not to mention that the HDD will become full way too fast and you will end up finding the time to perform the conversions for storage anyway. : )
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    Thanks guys
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