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External hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gcaster51, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. gcaster51

    gcaster51 Thread Starter

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    Just bought a new Maxtor 160GB external hard drive. When I got it set up, I only had 149GB to work with. I realize I won't get the full 160 GB, but 11GB seems like a lot to lose.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You have just been bit by "Disk Manufacturer Gigabytes". :D

    A real gigabyte is 1024*1024*1024, but disk manufacturers consider a gigabyte 1000*1000*1000. It doesn't look like much expressed that way, but it's about 7% difference in capacity.

    You have the full capacity that you purchased, do the math.
     
  3. dustyjay

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    149Gb is about right. THe way the drive is advertised uses the Dewey Decimal (Base 10) system. THe way the computer recognizes the size is Binary. A Kilo Byte is actually 1024 bytes instead of 1000 bytes.
     
  4. dustyjay

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    you are much quicker than I am John
     
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    I could have gotten an early start. ;)
     
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