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I install a 1 tb hdd and it show up as a 931gb drive in windows 7

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March 24, 2012 1:23:41 AM

I install a 1TB HDD and is show up as a 931 gb DRIVE HOW TO FIX THIS PROBLEM
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March 24, 2012 1:32:36 AM

That's the actual size

The hard drive manufacturer considers 1TB to be 10^12 bytes whereas most software considers it to be 2^40 bytes. The difference between the two is what causes it to appear smaller than advertised
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March 24, 2012 2:01:47 AM

Pinhedd is correct, i have several 1TB drives and they come out 931GB because of the 10^12 vs the 2^40
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March 24, 2012 2:25:08 AM

In slightly easier terms to understand an actual gigabyte is considered 1024 Megabytes. However manufacturers consider 1000 Megabytes to be one gigabyte. So you actually only get 931gigabytes.
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March 24, 2012 1:23:14 PM

The easiest way to roughly figure out the size any OS will see a new hard drive is this: # of GB X 0.93. Also, as many has stated, the hard drive OEM's label 1,000GB at 1TB.
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