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Crunching the numbers for hard drives

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Ok, I understand there's a mathematical equation that hard drive manufacturer's use that allows them to quote a higher number than what's actually usable.
IE. 320 GB Seagate drive reads as: 298 GB

Now of that 298, I also have to keep 15% of that free for defragmenting and drive maintainence.
IE. 298 GB x 85% = 253.3 GB

So really, I've just lost 20.8% of my drive space that I paid for.

Is there any way to set up your drives so there is less space tied up this way?

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How can you have lost anything? You understand the calculation you understand manufactures just quote the decimal sytem. so you know what you were getting. Just do the conversion before you buy it and then when you divide it by 1.024 and it seems to small save up for a bigger drive. It's just difference in units. Not all unit's convert to other unit's exactly.
    
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