Over the years I have bought many Seagate and Western Digital drives. One thing that shocked me as a 3-decade computer professional, is that Seagate has redefined storage measurements such that 1 Gigabyte is now defined as 1 billion bytes. This goes against IEEE 100 JEDEC standards, and what the computing industry has used since what, the 1950’s? All to make their products look competitive, when they aren’t.
So, on the packaging, instead of just listing the capacity (say 1TB), it should also list on a graphic logo, the fact that the capacity is according to JEDEC standards, so something like “1TB JEDEC Standards.” When consumers look further into the JEDEC standard, they will be forced to compare actual capacity instead of stated capacity.
Seagate support, incidentally, sent me this totally misleading chart that lies and tells you that 1000=1024 (that’s right, that’s the math they use). It actually says “Decimal” in the 1024 column, and “Decimal” in the 1000 column, but tries to convince you with extra and misleading words that these are actually the same.
And then this article which tries to convince you that you didn’t get cheated:
So thanks for not trying to cheat your customers, and you should advertise the fact! Use me as a reference.