Western Digital 120gb 8mb Buffer

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by poolmanmichael, Mar 30, 2003.

  1. I have just built a new p4 3.06 ghz system, i brought all new parts exept for a ibm 120gb,

    the western digital hard drive is 120gb 8mb Buffer, and i am running windows xp pro

    In windows it shows the ibm drive as a 117gb drive, and shows the western digital as a 111gb drive.

    I have never known a hard drive to take 9gb after formatting, can any one help ?
  2. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    This is because there are different ways to count GB.
    Manufacturers count 1000^3 bytes = 1000000000 bytes = 1 GB.
    Windows counts 1024^3 bytes = 1073741824 bytes = 1GB.

    So a 120GB drive will look like:
    120*(1000^3/1024^3) = 111 GB

    IBM just added 6 GB I guess...
  3. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    I have had IBM hard drives that when bought say for example a 120gig is actually 123gig and it does say it on the drive (i just thought it was rather nice of them...and nothing more)....for some reason some drives are actually bigger than what they are supposed to be.

    So i am quite sure its not your Pc but the HD itself.

    My IBM 120gig formats down to 115 ntfs.
  4. Thanks for you help, i brought the WD1200JB (120gb) hard drive for cloning backups will this still work?

    Or will i have to partion the hard drives and copy a partion instead ?
  5. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    No I'm pretty sure it should still work as long as the backuped partition isn't completely full.
  6. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest

    windows reserves a zone for the mft area, i read it is 12% of your drive, but it can be reduced by good old tweaking.