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Old 12-25-2004, 12:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The decimal version would still be 80.2, thanks for everyones help.

I just don't think I'm buying the answers though considered it actually said 82.3GB within Windows and BIOS for about 2 months. Now all of the sudden it displays 76.6GB? This is going to bug me forever.
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Old 12-25-2004, 10:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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well it is a windows problem at the least, my bios still says it has 81 even if windows isn't convinced. the same deal with the 40 gig i have always had, just on a similar scale.
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This is normal..and the larger the drive is the less space you get with it..I was very excited to get 287GB out of my 300GB drive wahhoooo!
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Old 12-26-2004, 12:05 AM   #14 (permalink)
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yeah i haev a 100 gig and i only get a whopping 93.1 g's off it
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you can clear some space by deleting the temporary inrternet files, like I said here
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Old 12-26-2004, 12:32 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Welcome to the wonderful world of slack space. The issue is a numerical "faux pas". What happens is that your hard drive is measured in base-10 numerals, where 1gb=1000mb, 1mb=1000kb, and so on. This means that 82.3gb= 82,300,000,000 bytes.
In actuality, the drive should be measured in base-1024 numerals, where 1gb=1024mb, 1mb=1024kb and so on. This would mean that your 82.3gb drive = 88,368,952,115.2 bytes.
But as you have seen, this is not the case. Your drive is approximately 82.3gb give or take a few mb's. You have "lost" some space simply because of a discrepancy between the marketing world and the real world. Also, you lose some space on the drive when you format.
Base-10 numbering is a holdover from the old days when it was easier to just label a 1gb drive as a "1gb drive". After all, the consumer only "lost" 48mb in the process.
That's not much when you think about it, right? But when you add up all those 48mb chunks across an "82.3gb" drive, you get 5.7gb of actual space that has been "lost".
it is a little confusing to some, but just remember that a drive rated in the base-10 scale will always be smaller than the advertised specs.

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