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GiB vs GB
« on: March 16, 2021, 08:35:20 PM »
So, I'm pretty sure Avast used GB in the past, but now when I look at my System Junk in Performance Issues, I see GiB instead of GB. Why did that change, if at all (I'm not sure whether it did change).

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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2021, 10:26:28 AM »
Hi, it might be related to the language used. Please post a screenshot.
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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2021, 10:43:15 PM »
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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2021, 10:54:57 PM »
See attached image on how to attach images ;)
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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2021, 01:09:36 AM »
Thanks DavidR!  :)

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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2021, 01:51:37 AM »
You're welcome.

It certainly looks like it is referring to Gigabytes, no idea why this is displayed/changed as GB is pretty much the default abbreviation.
See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/style-guide/a-z-word-list-term-collections/term-collections/bits-bytes-terms and image extract from that article.
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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2021, 07:38:16 AM »
Hello Avast User I Guess, can you please attach screen of whole page? It is not clear for me which part of AV it is. We should use GB. But I need to identify the screen, thank you.

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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2021, 09:04:09 AM »
Avast User I Guess, screen is not needed. UI devs found it and it is fixed. Thank you letting us know :)

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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2021, 05:49:15 PM »
Its a common way to differentiate between kilo base 1024 (GiB) and 1000 (GB).

A GiB is 1024³MB but a GB is 1000³MB.

Windows GB are actually GiB whilst storage manufacturers disingenuously(?) use kilo base 1000 to size their products.

This is why an empty, claimed (by the manufacturer) 1TB size HDD will display as only having 931GB of free space ie. 1000,000,000,000MB in Windows.

Its never been the fashion to use GiB let alone MiB or KiB but it does have merit because it could prevent confusion. Of course users would have to understand what it meant and mostly they don't and likely don't care either. 

                   

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Re: GiB vs GB
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2021, 05:56:41 PM »
You also have to look at it in context, e.g. in terms of files on a computer they are KB, MB, GB.
So the total in terms of System Junk the collective total, it should be GB (gigabytes).
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