What's w/ the Missing HD Space?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by vudoodoodoo, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. vudoodoodoo

    vudoodoodoo Guest

    Say you buy a 100GB HD. You check properties and find that total capacity is like 99GB or something. WTF is up w/ that? Something weird or are the hard drive companies fucking w/ us? :squint:
  2. StevesVR4

    StevesVR4 Get Arrested

    Jul 1, 2003
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    Different numbering systems. The manufacturers use the base ten GB for the box (1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes) so the number is larger. The OS uses base two GB when they report the size (1GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes (if I calculated it correctly)). Also, when the drive is formatted, the file system takes up some of the space that is not part of any file. So, even if there are no files on the drive, you will never have it completely empty.

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