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Advent 9117 laptop

Last response: in Windows Vista
December 29, 2008 1:12:58 PM

Hi all new here,
have a problem with my laptop running windows vista so i ran the cd to put it back to factory setting, i did have a 120gb hard drive now its only saying 104gb
i have vista (c) 82.2gb free of 104gb and system (s) 1.21gb free of 1.46
how have i lost so much gb.

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December 29, 2008 6:21:05 PM

Windows calculates space differently that most hard drive manufacturers.

In Windows:

1GB = 1024^3 bytes

Hard drive manufacturers:

1GB = 1000^3 bytes

So a 120GB hard drive will only have 110GB of usable space in Windows. There must be a hidden partition on your hard drive for the manufacturers diagnostics or something similar.
December 30, 2008 1:05:53 PM

also remember that once a drive is formatted the File Allocation Table will take a space relative to the size of the HDD.