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New HD missing 8.22GB


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rainmaker

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Hello! Just installed my new 120GB Seagate and after formating etc,etc, as additional storage (not a boot disk) I am missing 8.22GB..i.e. it only shows 111.78GB in size. Is this normal? Or...? Thanks in advance.

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Hi Rainmaker,

Yes this is normal. The marketing folk that sell the drive are on a different planet from the techie folk.

Here's how it really works:

1024 bytes = 1kb
1024 Kb = 1 Mb
1024 Mb = 1 Gb

You can see that this is not the same as saying that 1000000Kb = 1000Mb = 1 Gb which is what the label 200Gb suggests. The upshot is that you'll find yourself shortchanged by about 7% of the Gigs you expected.
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