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@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!".



1 Litre (liter) =/= 1 Pint

Don't confuse him. Unless you're saying it's like comparing Metric to Standard.
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Sadly, no drive will actually put out it's advertised storage amount. This is because of formatting. It happens with any hard drive or SSD. Sorry.
    
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The answer to this question is all over the internet. HD makers use the formula that 1000mb=1gb when the windows OS uses 1024mb=1gb. So right off the bat some space is lost in that essence.
^ That.

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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.
Perhaps you would want to re-check your numbers.
500,000,000,000 bytes ("500 GB") / 1024 (KiB) / 1024 (MiB) / 1024 (GiB) = 465.6612873077393 Gibibytes.
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Sadly, no drive will actually put out it's advertised storage amount. This is because of formatting. It happens with any hard drive or SSD. Sorry.
Re-read this thread and try again.
The difference of using base10 vs. base2 will provide this difference and not formatting.
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