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Old 01-26-2010, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 32GB USB stick, formatted it's 29.5 - but when completely empty (just formatted + view hidden files/folders on) it says 29.4 free of 29.5. Just wondering why it could be doing that (does it on multiple comps) and if I can get back that ~100MB (perhaps a full format?).

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Old 01-26-2010, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Usually a portion of the disk's space is allocated for the storage of file structure information. This might explain explain why only 29.4GB is free of 29.5GB.

You could give it a formatting if you want to see if it makes a difference.


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I think windows doesnt show decimals in MB's beyond 1/10 or something... that could be 2.49 of 2.5
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Just be sure to format it to NTFS. FAT32 sucks.

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I think windows doesnt show decimals in MB's beyond 1/10 or something... that could be 2.49 of 2.5
I think that's what's happening too.

Go to the drive properties, and check the space via the byte count. That'll give you a more accurate reading
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