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Old April 17th, 2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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Comparing 'Size on Disk' of CF and Hard Drive

After copying files from the CF card to my raid array, I always check the properties of the Size and Size on Disk to make sure the data copied correctly. However, I have noticed that the 'Size on Disk' is different between the CF card and hard drive while the 'Size' is identical.

I just copied some files and here is the "Size on Disk" as shown in Windows 7 Explorer:
CF card = 6,507,970,560 bytes
raid array= 6,507,913,216 bytes

Here is the "Size" as shown in Win 7 Explorer:
CF card = 6,507,893,276 bytes
Raid array= 6,507,893,276 bytes

Is this normal or should I be worried?
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Old April 17th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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Re: Comparing 'Size on Disk' of CF and Hard Drive

Dear Steve,

There is no need to worry, and I feel that you files are ok.

The Size on Disk and File Size parameters can be different due to "Cluster Size".

The File Size is what must match exactly.

If the "Cluster Size" between the two devices are different then under most circumstances the Size on Disk values will be different.

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Old April 18th, 2011, 04:20 PM   #3
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Re: Comparing 'Size on Disk' of CF and Hard Drive

Also To add to what Dan had Mentioned this depends greatly on your OS, and the Format of your Raid.

MAC OS Snow Leopard uses HFS file system which shows file sizes and Drive available much differently from a Fat 32, but Windows XP and Windows 7 are Typically NTFS by default, which will very slightly form your CF card which is Fat 32.

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Old May 12th, 2011, 12:37 AM   #4
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Re: Comparing 'Size on Disk' of CF and Hard Drive

Should I be worried that my 'Size on Disk' is identical but the 'Size' is slightly off? This is coming from SxS cards and the only things different in actual size are the 'CUEUP.XML' and 'MEDIAPRO.XML' files in the BPAV folder.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 07:21 AM   #5
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Re: Comparing 'Size on Disk' of CF and Hard Drive

Dear Steve,

Unless you are having a problem, I would not worrry about how the sizes are reported.

The "Cluster Size" on the CompactFlash card or SxS card can be different than the "Cluster Size" on a disk.

Thus, if the computer is reporting the size in "full clusters" and not the actual size of the file, then there will be a discrepancy.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:15 PM   #6
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Should I be worried that my 'Size on Disk' is identical but the 'Size' is slightly off? This is coming from SxS cards and the only things different in actual size are the 'CUEUP.XML' and 'MEDIAPRO.XML' files in the BPAV folder.
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