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Maxtor 120gb Space

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WorldWarGeneral

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I just installed a new Maxtor 120gb hard drive. Installation seemed to go okay, but when I go to My Computer, it says the total space is 114gb. On my 20gb drive, the total space was 18gb. I assumed the "lost" 2gb was for formatting info, partition info, etc. But why am I missing 4gb now? Is it just that higher-capacity drives take more space for partition/formatting info?
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#2
harddrive manufacturers sorta trick us. it goes like this:

they say 120gb = 1,000,000,000 bytes (1,000 mb)

normal 120gb (under windows) = 1,073,741,824 bytes (1024mb)

so you have all 120 billion bytes on your hd... but they only equal 114 real gigabytes.
 
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WorldWarGeneral

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Oh, okay. That makes sense. I feel a little cheated, but I suppose I won't miss the 4gb for a while. ;) 114gb is a lot to fill.
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#4
yeah, all drives are like that. you're actually missing 6gb. and 2gb on your 20gb for the same reason. formatting/partitioning tables only take up a couple of mb, at the most.
 
#5
Originally posted by taurus
so you have all 120 billion bytes on your hd... but they only equal 114 real gigabytes.
Actually it's only 111 "real" gigabytes, so you have 3 gigs extra! :)
Isn't that nice? :)
 

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