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June 18, 2010 10:24:45 PM

Hello, I have 160 hard drive, I always clean it and make sure its not cluttered, I also remove all restore points, except thew most recent using tune up utilities 2010, but im still missing about 30 gb, my hard drive is partitions into My main hard drive, and a recovery. Total, its 150 gb, the main hard drive is 137 gb and the recovery is 11.5 gb. it says I only have 102 gb free, but I only have 1.03 gb of programs installed. Where is all my space???

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June 18, 2010 11:01:51 PM

What mobo and OS?

Check this post on HardwareForums.com

There is a 137GB limit (128MB in Windows) on older systems (pre 2003), and also on Windows OS per-Windows XP SP1.
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June 18, 2010 11:04:04 PM

Harddrives never have the full usuable space for two reasons.

first, part of the drive is used for frimware/software needed for it to run.

second (and most important) is that you are basically lied to about the storage space a drive has. The number on the box is the available space in Base 10 math. however, computers use Binary. So when the space is calculated in binary the number is lower than the Base 10 original. so you don't actually have as much space as they make you think.

Im surprised its still a legal thing to do, but the manufacturers get away with it.
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June 18, 2010 11:09:20 PM

But its ridiculousness that im missing about 34 gb!, i added it up and I have 150 gb total, yet it says 160, so theres what you mean that you can never have all space, but this is diffrent.
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June 18, 2010 11:21:32 PM

foscooter said:
What mobo and OS?

Check this post on HardwareForums.com

There is a 137GB limit (128MB in Windows) on older systems (pre 2003), and also on Windows OS per-Windows XP SP1.


Windows 7, and Phoenix - AwardBIOS c6.00PG.
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June 18, 2010 11:32:57 PM

Check Disk Management to see if the drive is partioned.

start/computer/right-click/manage/choose Disk Management/look at the graph of the drive.
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June 18, 2010 11:53:45 PM

foscooter said:
Check Disk Management to see if the drive is partioned.

start/computer/right-click/manage/choose Disk Management/look at the graph of the drive.





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June 19, 2010 12:20:04 AM

I think you got all you'll get.

160GB drive from manufacture ~ 149GB in Windows, follow my math:
1024B = 1KB, 1024KB =1MB, 1024MB=1GB, so that's 1,073,741,824B in a GB, x 149 = ~160GB.

You've got 149.05GB of drive space. A little (very little) is used to partion.

They use base10, Windows uses base 8.
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June 19, 2010 1:01:01 AM

foscooter said:
I think you got all you'll get.

160GB drive from manufacture ~ 149GB in Windows, follow my math:
1024B = 1KB, 1024KB =1MB, 1024MB=1GB, so that's 1,073,741,824B in a GB, x 149 = ~160GB.

You've got 149.05GB of drive space. A little (very little) is used to partion.

They use base10, Windows uses base 8.


Ugh, ok, thats fine, just was wondering where it all went, thanks! :) 
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June 19, 2010 1:01:08 AM

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October 4, 2010 4:41:07 AM

drake90001 said:
Bump

I have a new toshiba L555D S7005 laptop and I brought a new 500gb internal hardrive and put it in the laptop. after installing with the recovery disk, I formatted the orginal hardrive that is 320 gb and I came up missing 1 gb and I have a Toshiba desktop also . I used the desktop to format the orginal laptop drive also and I am still missing 1 gb of space . You suppose to have 298 gb of space on a 320 gb hardrive but I have only 297 gb space on the drive. where did it go? :fou: 
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October 5, 2010 2:09:20 AM

Without knowing your exact drive all I can guess is that it is not a full 320gb drive but close enough to be rounded up to 320 by the manufacturer.
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