Best way to partition drive?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Digerati, May 7, 2003.

  1. Digerati

    Digerati Guest

    I have a western digital WD800JB 80gb and I am going to set it up as my primary master drive.

    Using Partition Magic 8, I set up 5gb as a partition for windows XP pro.

    As of right now, I just made the remaining 75 gb into one big partition that I probably will divide again later.

    My question is, when I look under windows at my overall drive space. I says I have about 75gb of space.

    Where did that other 5gb go?

    I realize that you're never going have exactly 80gb available to use in an 80gb drive. But 5gb seems like alot to lose. Is there some way I can make better use of the space I have so as to make more if it available?

  2. PeterGee1

    PeterGee1 Guest


    I do think that's exactly the case. I have a new Maxtor 80GB (installed five minutes ago) and PM8 says I got 78 160MB.

    78 160 / 1024 = 76,32 GB so you would 'lose' almost 4 GB. Agreed, it's still not 5GB, but it's all I can think of

  3. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

    To answer that question (which never gets old), harddrive manufacturers make their harddrives so that 1 gigabyte is equal to 1,000,000,000 bytes. While Windows registers 1 gigabyte as 1,073,741,824 bytes.

    So if you take 80 gigabytes (80,000,000,000 bytes) divide that with 1,073,741,824 bytes, you get abot 74.5 gigabytes left (thanks to yoyo for teaching me that! :)). Hope that helped!

  4. PeterGee1

    PeterGee1 Guest

    what ragnarok said:D

    Why can't explain it like that??:rolleyes: