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Why your 500GB hard drive only shows 465 GB of space when you look under MY COMP

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July 8, 2011 10:03:27 AM

Hello,
i want it in numbers
July 8, 2011 11:25:24 AM

Why your 500GB hard drive only shows 465 GB of space when you look under MY COMPtuer ...

WHY...???


i want in numbers plz ...
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July 8, 2011 11:54:35 AM

Disk manufactures measure Kb as 10^3 vs the way computers measure Kb as 2^10. As you can see, 1000 <> 1024 so you have a discrepency. Also, the formatting has some overhead.
July 8, 2011 1:39:31 PM

Elaborating on what hawkeye said, 1GB according to the disk manufacturers is equal to 1,000,000,000 bytes. According to how the operating system (and the rest of the computing world) calculates it, it's equal to 1,024 megabytes, which in turn are equal to 1,024 kilobytes, which are themselves equal to 1,024 bytes. So one GB as per the disk manufacturer is really 1,000,000,000 / (1,024 x 1,024 x 1,024) = .931GB as measured by everybody else. So a "500GB" disk has 500 x .931GB of storage, or 465GB.

This isn't because your system isn't showing some available storage or because the formatting lost storage - it's just the byproduct of the disk manufacturers exaggerating the storage capacity. It's similar to stereo manufacturers overstating the wattage of their systems, tv manufacturers overstating the dimensions of their tv's, homebuilders overstating the square footage of houses, etc.
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