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Old 02-27-2006, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, I just bought a Dell Inspiron e1705. It said it came with a 60Gb Harddrive. I opened it and looked at the properties under My Computer and it said Available Space:49.7Gb and Free Space: 39.9. So I called Dell tech support and they said that 10Gb were partitioned off for the Backup files and operating system.

But I went into the Device manager and looked at the hard drive properties and it said it had 55.5 GB. I told this to the guy and he was like " yea, so 5GB is reserved for backup OS and the other 5GB is reserved for applications to run your OS."

I believe the 5GB backup OS but the other five... Is this true?? Feels like they are trying to rip me off. I need all your guy's expert advice. Thanks.
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Most hdd arent exactly 40 or 60 or 120 etc... My 160 hdd is actually a 156.7 hdd.
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Part of the problem could be how each systems sees 1GB. Most companies say right on the box that 1GB=1,000MB or 1,00,000KB. However thats not technically true. 1,000MB is actually 0.976563GB. because 1MB=1024KB not 1000KB. So magnify that by 60 and you lose some space there. It might not account for all of it, but thats often the case.
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200gb harddrive means 200,000,000,000 bytes
/ 1024 = 195,312,500 kilobytes
/ 1024 = 190734.86 megabytes
/ 1024 = 186.26 gigabytes
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55.gb's is the formatted size for the drive.

A un formated harddrive has 1000mb's in 1gb instead of 1024, so that will end up at 55gb's.

My 80gb is at 74gb's.
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oops.... stupid cache....

thanks for everyone's reply... makes sense now.
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