Please forgive if this is a total newbie question.
I'm doing a new XP build on a 320 GB SATA drive. When I'm in the Windows setup and trying to create a partition on which to install the OS the max partition size is always 8 GB less than the actual free space shown for the disk. Is this to be expected, or is something weird going on here?
The PC should only be taking a small space for itself like 8MB or something, not gigs. A 320GB drive however has 320 * 10^9 bytes of space, which is not 320 GB according to Windows' (or anyone outside of HD manufacturerers)' definition of gigabytes. 1GB = 1024MB, 1MB = 1024KB, 1KB = 1024B, i.e. 1GB = 2^30 B, 1MB = 2^20 B... so '320GB' according to an HD manuf is 298GB according to windows.