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Really? what if i format it to FAT32? would i then get 495GB? i really want all i can get out of this drive. I know that another computer of mine has a 500GB hard drive, and it gets about 490+ GB. this doesnt really make sense.
You wouldn't want it at FAT32. FAT32 can't use files above 4GB in size
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Really? what if i format it to FAT32? would i then get 495GB? i really want all i can get out of this drive. I know that another computer of mine has a 500GB hard drive, and it gets about 490+ GB. this doesnt really make sense.
Unless you are using the drive as a back up drive (pure data) you can not format to FAT 32. Windows Vista and 7 MUST be formated using NTFS. The only reason why you'd want to format to the older FAT 32 is if your going to use it with say a PS3. One big reason why NTFS is better than FAT is due to file size restrictions that FAT has.
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Ok, good. i wont "downgrade" to fat32. (man, i sure wish windoze would use EXT4 or something) Thanks for all your info.
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This question is here every single day now. Ya'll regulars were right and foretold the future.

    
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You wouldn't want it at FAT32. FAT32 can't use files above 4GB in size
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It's the way hard drive manufacturers define a "gigabyte." They say it is 1,000,000,000 bytes, when in actuality, a GB is 1,073,741,824 bytes (1024x1024x1024). So your "500 GBs" is 500,000,000,000 bytes, or roughly 465.66 GBs.

I feel your pain. I just bought 3 drives earlier this month totaling "5 TB." But in actuality, I have just over 4.5 TB of space. Granted, 4.5 TB is a ton of room, but I'm "losing" almost 10% to the HD manufacturers' backwards counting...
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post #17 of 23
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It's the way hard drive manufacturers define a "gigabyte." They say it is 1,000,000,000 bytes, when in actuality, a GB is 1,073,741,824 bytes (1024x1024x1024). So your "500 GBs" is 500,000,000,000 bytes, or roughly 465.66 GBs.

I feel your pain. I just bought 3 drives earlier this month totaling "5 TB." But in actuality, I have just over 4.5 TB of space. Granted, 4.5 TB is a ton of room, but I'm "losing" almost 10% to the HD manufacturers' backwards counting...
They are correct. Giga denotes a unit prefix in the metric system indicating multiplication of a unit by 10 to the 9 or 1000000000. They ARE the hardware manufacturers so they do know what they're talking about
You're thinking of Gibibytes which would be 1024x1024x1024
    
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Companies prefer to market drives with 'human-readable' capacities (100, 250, 500, 1TB, etc).

It would be sort of strange if we went by the binary terminology... What are currently marketed as 1TB drives would be marketed as 1.049TB drives. Somewhat less simple.
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They are correct. Giga denotes a unit prefix in the metric system indicating multiplication of a unit by 10 to the 9 or 1000000000. They ARE the hardware manufacturers so they do know what they're talking about
You're thinking of Gibibytes which would be 1024x1024x1024
After a little research, I see you are, of course, right. So, I'll scrap my earlier statement and say that all these years, OS manufacturers have been mis-labeling hard drive space...
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post #20 of 23
@OP

Think of it as litres vs pints. The overall capacity is the same (so you're not actually losing anything), it's just that the units of measurement are different.

As MrAlex points out, the hard drive manufacturers are in fact correct, however this is also VERY convenient for the marketing department. "Big numbers are good!".
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