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Windows 7: How to use full space of HDD

17 Apr 2012   #1
sk0t0s

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
How to use full space of HDD

Hi guys, quick question about HDD space.

I noticed everytime i buy new 500gig HDD it will recognise only 465gig. I also checked in disk management it say 465gig also. I wonder where the other 35gig goes.

Is there any explanation about this?


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17 Apr 2012   #2
marsmimar

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We humans use 1000MB as equal to 1GB. Computers say 1024MB = 1GB. If you divide out 500GB (500,000,000,000 bytes) by 1024 by 1024 by 1024, it comes out to 465.661GB. Manufacturers like to use the base 10 system because the consumer thinks he's getting a true 500GB drive.
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17 Apr 2012   #3
sk0t0s

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
We humans use 1000MB as equal to 1GB. Computers say 1024MB = 1GB. If you divide out 500GB (500,000,000,000 bytes) by 1024 it comes out to 465.661GB. Manufacturers like to use the base 10 system because the consumer thinks he's getting a true 500GB drive.
whoa that was quick... thank you so much now i understand and i can explain it to my friends after i build their pc's they're asking about the HDD space.. so annoying

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17 Apr 2012   #4
marsmimar

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You're very welcome!
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17 Apr 2012   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You could always show them the hard drive boxes. It's always been explained there, at least for the last decade or so, assuming you buy any retail hard drives.

I'm always quite surprised that this is still asked, all these years later.
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