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i got a 320GB used off a friend and windows is telling me its only 297Gb whats wrong? can i just format it with windows 7 setup disc and fix it?


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Don't you know that you never get what the disk says?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_di...y_measurements
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It's what happens, a 500GB HDD is never 500GB, it's around 470 or something. I'm surprised you don't know that already, as an enthusiast.

I really don't know why as I've never bothered looking into it, but I'll tell you that it's normal.

EDIT - Similar to how those 1GB flash drives at the bottom report as 949MB, not 1024MB.
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1000gb is 931gb after format.
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Quote:
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1000gb is 931gb after format.
SAY WAAAAAAAAAAAT? windows uses 20 gigs for a format? what a rip off
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
Don't you know that you never get what the disk says?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_di...y_measurements
Yup. Binary versus decimal prefixes. All things considered, HDD manufacturers are correctly using the prefixes...but with the other 95% of the computing industry using binary it ends up being a toss as to who is "right".
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post #8 of 51
you NEVER get the full size of the drive, some parts are used.
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post #9 of 51
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
It's what happens, a 500GB HDD is never 500GB, it's around 470 or something. I'm surprised you don't know that already, as an enthusiast.

I really don't know why as I've never bothered looking into it, but I'll tell you that it's normal.

EDIT - Similar to how those 1GB flash drives at the bottom report as 949MB, not 1024MB.
i do know that i just didn't know it used so much

Quote:
Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
Don't you know that you never get what the disk says?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_di...y_measurements
i was expecting 312 or something not less than 300

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
PROTIP:
multiply with 0.07 when you calculate hard disk space...

1000GB is 933GB
500GB is 465GB
400GB is 372GB
320GB is 298GB
300GB is 279GB
200GB is 186GB

^ I didn't even need to to use a calculator since I know those values in my head.
yeah but i have never had any other drives other than my 250 and 500 so i didn't expect such low space. why don't companies market them as a 300 rather than 320? sounds like a con to me
Edited by philhalo66 - 4/1/11 at 7:39am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by philhalo66 View Post
SAY WAAAAAAAAAAAT? windows sues 20 gigs for a format? what a rip off
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