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My laptop is saying is saying total size of hard disk is 283GB It should be 320G

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a b D Laptop
a b G Storage
July 6, 2011 2:29:48 PM

I have just bought a laptop with 320GB hard drive. After checking spec on system info it says total is 283GB. Can you tell me why it is saying less than originally should be.
a b D Laptop
a c 379 G Storage
July 6, 2011 3:24:36 PM

How many partitions are on the drive? There may be a hidden partition on it. In fact most laptops come installed with a hidden system recovery partition.
July 6, 2011 11:32:45 PM

Plus hard drive manufacturers long ago switched to using decimal megabytes so they could pretend their drives were larger. So a 283 gigabyte drive is actually about 303 gigabyte according to the hard drive manufacturer.

Add a few gigabytes for recovery partitions and you're covered.
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