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Windows 7: Why does my hard drive say it has less space than it does?

15 Jul 2014   #1
Porkchops007

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Why does my hard drive say it has less space than it does?

I have two hard drives, a 1TB sacara barracuda 7200rpm HDD and a 250GB sacara barracuda 7200rpm HDD. The 1TB HDD says it only has 931GB, which I believe is from the NTFS formatting. The 250GB HDD, however, says it only has 116GB available after I deleted everything in it and used the command prompt to reformat it with NTFS. What could be causing this? Is there really only 116GB available?

Thanks,

Here is the command I used to reformat that:
format D: /fs:ntfs


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15 Jul 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

A 1 TB drive has 931 GBs and a 250 has 232 GBs.

The manufacturers go by 1000 = 1 GB

Windows uses 1024 MB = 1 GB

Totally normal.

Use disk management to look at the drives, post a shot it you want.

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15 Jul 2014   #3
alexgrossman

Windows 7 Home X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Porkchops007 View Post
I have two hard drives, a 1TB sacara barracuda 7200rpm HDD and a 250GB sacara barracuda 7200rpm HDD. The 1TB HDD says it only has 931GB, which I believe is from the NTFS formatting. The 250GB HDD, however, says it only has 116GB available after I deleted everything in it and used the command prompt to reformat it with NTFS. What could be causing this? Is there really only 116GB available?

Thanks,

Here is the command I used to reformat that:
format D: /fs:ntfs
There are lot of things has been hidden on the drive and you may not able to see it normally. Consider reading the post here about why HDD does this and why you don't have to worry about this:

HTG Explains: Why Do Hard Drives Show the Wrong Capacity in Windows?
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15 Jul 2014   #4
AddRAM

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Everything can be seen in Disk Management
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