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Hard drive not reading right size.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vboccio, Feb 18, 2003.

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  1. vboccio

    vboccio Thread Starter

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    I have a Western Digital 1200JB specialedition 120gb hard drive and for some reason the size is shown as 112GB . The motherboard is Brand new so I know that the bios of the ASUS board I just installed can recognize the larger drive plus I just flash my BIOS so there should be know problem Whats up? Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Mustnged

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    Even though it is a 120gb hard drive, your computer is correct by seeing 112gb. After the partition, format, this is all you will get out of the drive. I have the same hard drive and my computer sees 112gb also. It is normal. You may get a bit more space if you partition the drive into two.
     
  3. rmay635703

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    Also remember that hard drive manufacturers have been sleezy since 1991 when they started redefining a megabyte as 1,000 kilobytes as opposed to 1024kb which means that your 120gb drive = 120 x 1000kb x 1000mb as opposed to the correct 120 x 1024mb x 1024kb

    And yes this does make you loose around 6gb of space compared to what you would have had if they used the normal computer definition of megabyte.

    Cheers
     
  4. vboccio

    vboccio Thread Starter

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    Yeas I realized that they sue the 1000 instead of the 1024 which is the way it has been from the beginnig because of parity bits and so on. I just didn't do the math . Thanks for the info.
     
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