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Old 05-03-2006, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 320gb hd only reads 298gb

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ive got a 320gb hd and it only reads 298gb how come im using windows xp sp2

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Old 05-03-2006, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is this pc from a manufacture like Dell, HP, IBM etc.??

If so, they tend to save a copy of the "Restore CD's" in a hidden part of the hard drives. That is needed to run the Factory Default Restore by pressing a combination of keys at the start of the computer.

If you have a custom built system..... thats a whole different ballgame.

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i have built this pc?
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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all hard drives are somewhat less in capacity to what they are rated.
in fact the figure works out to be approximately 93.1541% of every drive.
80GB = 74.5GB
120GB = 111.78GB
160GB = 149.05GB
200GB = 186.31GB
250GB = 232.89GB
300GB = 279.46GB
320GB = 298.09GB
400GB = 372.62GB

I have no idea why manufacturers don't make a drive that is actually the same capacity as what it's rated as
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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All HDDs are smaller after being formatted. The Disk's capacity is 320GB before formatting, 298GB after. Check it with any other HDD!
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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it got nothin to do with formatting , hd manufactureres refer GB as 1 million bytes/1000 mb ,thats why hds are always bit smaller.. , theres nothin wrong with your hd

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