View Full Version : the xbox hardrive is puzzling me...

12-11-2001, 10:28 AM
alright, you guys know how the Xbox has 50000 blocks of memory? ok, well, i have about 8000 blocks used up, but my "available blocks" counter still says i have 50000 unused blocks of memory. is this because my counter doesn't work, or because the Xbox has much more than 50000 blocks?

please reply....

12-11-2001, 11:03 AM
It actually says 50,000 +, not just 50,000...so what this means is that there is more than just 50,000 blocks. I used up a pile more that 8,000 and it still said 50,000+ .....LOL
Go figure. I guess someone could do the math and figure out the real number.

12-11-2001, 11:12 AM
The hard drive is an 8gb hard drive, running out of space would be rare unless you start filling it with music. I'm not sure how many blocks it takes to save a game, but from Playstation, it was like 8 blocks to save a Metal Gear Game.

12-11-2001, 12:09 PM
I believe most games use around 250 - 500 blocks depending on how much information they need to store. My Halo save is around 235 blocks. Though games like Fever or Madden should use more since they store data for your franchise and replays.

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12-11-2001, 12:42 PM
Not to sound like a complete dork here, but, I read somewhere that each block is equivelant to 16 kilobits. So, 8 Gigs has a hell of a lot of kilobits...I would imagine that the XBox has roughly 500,000 "blocks" total. It will take a few years for the average gamer to even see a dent in the hard-drive :D

All I know is that I have saved over 40 audio tracks and 30 games and I have yet to dent the hard-drive. Man! I love this thing :D

12-11-2001, 06:37 PM
i remember reading somewhere that the xbox harddrive has aroun 316,000 blocks

12-11-2001, 06:54 PM
Ya, Somewhere around there, but If the Mexico one is really bigger, then it will have more, and not all of this is useable... games need X amount of free blocks to work as well...

12-11-2001, 06:57 PM
yes someone on here did a test by saving tons of music files to his hd.... the total came to like 316,000 and some odd block total....so you wont see the 50,000+ move for a long time

12-11-2001, 07:13 PM
SciFi, the rumor about 8 and 10GB hard drives has been crushed, all of them are 8GBs...I think this is a pretty nice about, and there is no way the average user will fill it up. Not even the hardcore gamer can have so many saves and audio tracks. If you have like 15 full CDs stored on your XBox, thats pretty ****ing pointless IMO...I just have about 10, thats enough for my normal rotation and I delete and add new ones occasionaly, Id just get too consuded and it wouldnt be worth the time to organize such a large collection of songs...go play a game!

12-11-2001, 10:12 PM
I saw this posted a while ago, there are like 375,000 blocks. Someone on team xbox did the math and it would cost something like 75,000 dollars for that many blocks on gamecube

12-11-2001, 10:34 PM
Yeah I saw that too about the money conversion to GC, but I think he got confused somewhere...its pretty simple...
Xbox has a 8GB HD, thats 8000MBs
GC has 4MB flash memory cards...thats 4MB
You would need 2000 4MB memory cards to equal the Xbox HD...
at $15 a 4MB memory card, you are at $30000, and my local tax for that is enough on that purchase (2100) that you can buy 7 XBoxes for the price of tax alone...buy we all know its nice just to say that...GC has no need for that much space, and all they need to go is buy a 32MB or so SD card and SD adapter and it will be enough...but thats still like $80 for both...

12-12-2001, 10:17 AM
thanks for all the replies. i figured the hardrive was bigger than 50000 blocks, i just didn't know what a block translated to in computer terms. keep on playing everyone!

12-12-2001, 01:30 PM
Originally posted by Koolice98
i remember reading somewhere that the xbox harddrive has aroun 316,000 blocks

That number was derived by ripping music to the hard drive. However, the game saves, game caching, and OS reside in separate partitions.

It's more likely that there are 1.2 million blocks on the hard drive. But who's counting? :D