hard disc space?

hey just a quick question.
I have a 500gig hardrive and properties show that it has a capacity of only 465gig. Is it normal for xp to do this?
Thanks
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  1. you didnt give many specifics but yes the formatting requires some space for the FAT (i think there is two copies) and if like the 500G external I just bought it may have some software preloaded.
  2. Yes it's normal, I think you lose about 3G for every 40G due to partitioning and FAT tables
  3. o ok thanks
  4. 500.000.000.000 bytes / 1024^3 = 465 GB

    It is all about math
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