71.7Mb used after formatting SATA drive? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-26-2006, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 2
Default 71.7Mb used after formatting SATA drive?

I just bought a 250GB Seagate SATA drive and an external enclosure. While I was setting it up and formatting for the first time, the power cable came loose and it lost power. I powered it up again, reformated and it's finished. However, in the drive properties it says there are 71.7MB used and 232GB free out of 249,981,456,384 bytes. If there are 232 free out of almost 250 it sounds like I'm using 18GB. It all looks a bit weird.

Does any of this sound normal? Is there anything else I should be doing before I put this drive into service? I'm running WinXP Pro.

Thanks,

Andrew
__________________

arossphoto is offline  
Old 05-26-2006, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
Nitestick's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: смерти для спаме
Posts: 8,473
Default

you are not using 18gb at all. 232GiB is the actual capacity of a "250GB" drive. the manufacturers are sneaky and define a gigabyte as 1,000,000,000 bytes when it is actually 1,073,741,824 bytes. put 250,000,000,000/1,073,741,824 in a calculator and see what you get.
__________________

Nitestick is offline  
Old 05-26-2006, 01:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 2
Default

Thanks very much. I did not know that. So I guess the 71.7MB that's being used is normal and reserved for some function of the drive.

Cheers,

Andrew
arossphoto is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.