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250 Gb. HD has net capacity of only 228 Gb!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cwilmot, May 9, 2006.

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  1. cwilmot

    cwilmot Thread Starter

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    I recently purchased a new DELL computer with a 250 GB. Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM). However, in checking it out, under Properties, in My Computer, it shows as having only 228 GB. capacity. How do you account for the 22 GB. loss?
     
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  3. dustyjay

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    good article Candy.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Also, Dell has stolen a few gigabytes for their "recovery" partition. A 250gig manufacturer gigabyte drive is really 232.83 real gigabytes. The Dell recovery partition is usually 4-5gigs, which would account for the rest.
     
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    Good point John, I'd forgotten about that silly Dell partition :D
     
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    I just tangled with a Dell several weeks back, so it's fresh in my mind. :D
     
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    We have one here, so I should have remembered that too ;) I'll blame it on the Sudafed I was taking yesterday :D
     
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    I own a dell Laptop. I got rid of the dell recovery partition completely. Luckily my laptop is new enough that all the drivers needed are available free from Dell. There was nothing on the Dell laptop that I could not live with out. So I didn't think more than a second about repartitioning the drive and installing WinXP Home clean. Gained back 8 Gig that way.
     
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