I recently bought an 14 inch MacBook Pro, which has 512GB SSD storage. When I check the capacity of the SSD in MacOS, it is reported as 494,38 GB in system report (494.384.795.648 bytes), which is about 5,6 GB less than what it should be (500 GB).
My previous MacBook Pro from year 2015, has an intel processor and 256 GB of SSD storage, and its capacity is reported as 250,79 GB (250.790.436.864 bytes).
Thinking that this 5,6 GB could be a difference specific to M1 Macs, I searched the internet and also found out that 256 GB SSDs of M1 devices are reported as 245,11 GB, which supports my hypothesis.
So, what is Apple using this 5,6 GB of SSD storage in M1 Macs? Did they start to do something like SSD provisioning? Caching to speed up things and etc with M1 Macs?
-- Later edit: As requested, I have added output of more detailed commands below. It looks like M1 Pro machine has an additional 5.4 GB recovery partition. which explains the difference. But now I wonder, why does my Intel machine does not have a recovery partition? The Intel machine had Os Mojave on it when I got it, I upgraded the OS to first Catalina, then Big Sur from inside MacOS as usual. I don't think I have deleted any existing recovery partition.
Output of command: "system_profiler SPNVMeDataType" on 512 GB M1 Pro machine:
Apple SSD Controller: APPLE SSD AP0512R: Capacity: 500,28 GB (500.277.792.768 bytes) TRIM Support: Yes Model: APPLE SSD AP0512R Revision: 386.40.1 Serial Number: 0ba0160a2214342e Detachable Drive: No BSD Name: disk0 Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table) Removable Media: No S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified Volumes: disk0s1: Capacity: 524,3 MB (524.288.000 bytes) BSD Name: disk0s1 Content: Apple_APFS_ISC disk0s2: Capacity: 494,38 GB (494.384.795.648 bytes) BSD Name: disk0s2 Content: Apple_APFS disk0s3: Capacity: 5,37 GB (5.368.664.064 bytes) BSD Name: disk0s3 Content: Apple_APFS_Recovery
output of command: "system_profiler SPNVMeDataType" on 256 GB Intel 2015 MacBook Pro:
this command does not give any output on this machine but instead, I can see the following information in the SATA section: of full system_profiler command output:
Apple SSD Controller:
Vendor: Apple Product: SSD Controller Physical Interconnect: PCI Link Width: x4 Link Speed: 5.0 GT/s Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported APPLE SSD SM0256G: Capacity: 251 GB (251.000.193.024 bytes) Model: APPLE SSD SM0256G Revision: BXW1PA0Q Serial Number: S29CNYCG464909 Native Command Queuing: Yes Queue Depth: 32 Removable Media: No Detachable Drive: No BSD Name: disk0 Medium Type: Solid State TRIM Support: Yes Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table) S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified Volumes: EFI: Capacity: 209,7 MB (209.715.200 bytes) File System: MS-DOS FAT32 BSD Name: disk0s1 Content: EFI Volume UUID: 0E239BC6-F960-3107-89CF-1C97F78BB46B disk0s2: Capacity: 250,79 GB (250.790.436.864 bytes) BSD Name: disk0s2 Content: Apple_APFS
Output of command: "diskutil list" on 512 GB M1 Pro machine:
/dev/disk0 (internal): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme 500.3 GB disk0 1: Apple_APFS_ISC 524.3 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_APFS Container disk3 494.4 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_APFS_Recovery 5.4 GB disk0s3 /dev/disk3 (synthesized): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: APFS Container Scheme - +494.4 GB disk3 Physical Store disk0s2 1: APFS Volume Macintosh HD 15.7 GB disk3s1 2: APFS Snapshot com.apple.os.update-... 15.7 GB disk3s1s1 3: APFS Volume Preboot 316.2 MB disk3s2 4: APFS Volume Recovery 851.2 MB disk3s3 5: APFS Volume Data 114.9 GB disk3s5 6: APFS Volume VM 1.1 GB disk3s6
Output of command: "diskutil list" on 256 GB Intel 2015 MacBook Pro:
/dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *251.0 GB disk0 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_APFS Container disk1 250.8 GB disk0s2 /dev/disk1 (synthesized): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: APFS Container Scheme - +250.8 GB disk1 Physical Store disk0s2 1: APFS Volume SSD - Data 154.4 GB disk1s1 2: APFS Volume Preboot 443.8 MB disk1s2 3: APFS Volume Recovery 623.4 MB disk1s3 4: APFS Volume VM 3.2 GB disk1s4 5: APFS Volume SSD 15.3 GB disk1s5 6: APFS Snapshot com.apple.os.update-... 15.3 GB disk1s5s1