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    Where's my 25 gig?

    New built Media Center PC. XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2. 300 Gig SATA HD. Windows only shows 275 Gig.
    Asus P4P800-VM MOBO. ALL NEW.

    Have done a Google on it and have found a varying on answers. I thought I would go to some authorities (Windrivers).

    Please tell me what to do to get this right.

    Thanks

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    Have you tried updating your bios? When it's all said and done, I'm pretty sure you will need to reformat your hard drive to get those 25 gigs back.
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    Just FYI, http://internal.vusd.solanocoe.k12.c...tm#MEASUREMENT

    My 120 formats as a 112. So basically the 300 (when taking 1 giabyte as 1000 Megabyts) is a 275 Gigabyte Hard Disk (when taking 1 giabyte as 1024 Megabytss)

    Hard Disk manufacturers continue to use this naming system.
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    More on this:

    http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/di...y_measure.html

    http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/geom/formatBinary-c.html

    http://www.techzonez.com/forums/arch...hp/t-7243.html

    Various Drive Sizes and their Binary and Decimal Capacities

    Drive Size--------Approximate--------Decimal Capacity--------Approx Binary Capacity
    in GB--------------Total Bytes------(bytes/1,000,000,000)-----(bytes/1,073,724,841)
    10 GB-------------10,000,000,000------------10 GB------------------------9.31 GB
    20 GB-------------20,000,000,000------------20 GB------------------------18.63 GB
    30 GB-------------30,000,000,000------------30 GB------------------------27.94 GB
    40 GB-------------40,000,000,000------------40 GB------------------------37.25 GB
    60 GB-------------60,000,000,000------------60 GB------------------------55.88 GB
    80 GB-------------80,000,000,000------------80 GB------------------------74.51 GB
    100 GB-----------100,000,000,000-----------100 GB------------------------93.13 GB
    120 GB-----------120,000,000,000-----------120 GB-----------------------111.76 GB
    160 GB-----------160,000,000,000-----------160 GB-----------------------149.01 GB
    180 GB-----------180,000,000,000-----------180 GB-----------------------167.64 GB
    200 GB-----------200,000,000,000-----------200 GB-----------------------186.26 GB
    250 GB-----------250,000,000,000-----------250 GB-----------------------232.83 GB
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechZ
    Just FYI, http://internal.vusd.solanocoe.k12.c...tm#MEASUREMENT

    My 120 formats as a 112. So basically the 300 (when taking 1 giabyte as 1000 Megabyts) is a 275 Gigabyte Hard Disk (when taking 1 giabyte as 1024 Megabytss)

    Hard Disk manufacturers continue to use this naming system.

    What a rip off! Let's see, I paid about 160 buck for this hard drive. That comes to $0.53 per gigabyte. $0.53X25=$13.25. I want a refund!!!
    So instead of missing space, I actually have a 275 Gig drive. Manufacuturers need to change this. They are misleading people!!!

    Thanks Guys!
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    The drive is labeled 300 gig, which it is, unformatted. Formatting in ntfs takes up considerably more space than fat32.
    Sergeant WOTPP
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    Its been this way always. Manufacturers arent really ripping us off, read the fine print at the bottom, it always says they assume 1000 bytes = 1 MegaByte,etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechZ
    Its been this way always. Manufacturers arent really ripping us off, read the fine print at the bottom, it always says they assume 1000 bytes = 1 MegaByte,etc.
    Guess I won't be getting that $13.25 refund then...
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    hehe no. Its alright 275GB is enuff! Well unless u do video editing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zz28
    What a rip off! Let's see, I paid about 160 buck for this hard drive. That comes to $0.53 per gigabyte. $0.53X25=$13.25. I want a refund!!!
    So instead of missing space, I actually have a 275 Gig drive. Manufacuturers need to change this. They are misleading people!!!

    Thanks Guys!
    What are you bitching about? I remember when 8 gigs was $200, and everyone wanted to know why they couldn't format and use all 8. Go back a few years before that, it was like $600 a Gig, and at bottleneck speeds. You’re complaining about 53 cents a gig…live with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1
    Have you tried updating your bios? When it's all said and done, I'm pretty sure you will need to reformat your hard drive to get those 25 gigs back.
    Drive Size--------Approximate--------Decimal Capacity--------Approx Binary Capacity
    in GB--------------Total Bytes------(bytes/1,000,000,000)-----(bytes/1,073,724,841)
    10 GB-------------10,000,000,000------------10 GB------------------------9.31 GB
    20 GB-------------20,000,000,000------------20 GB------------------------18.63 GB
    30 GB-------------30,000,000,000------------30 GB------------------------27.94 GB
    40 GB-------------40,000,000,000------------40 GB------------------------37.25 GB
    60 GB-------------60,000,000,000------------60 GB------------------------55.88 GB
    80 GB-------------80,000,000,000------------80 GB------------------------74.51 GB
    100 GB-----------100,000,000,000-----------100 GB------------------------93.13 GB
    120 GB-----------120,000,000,000-----------120 GB-----------------------111.76 GB
    160 GB-----------160,000,000,000-----------160 GB-----------------------149.01 GB
    180 GB-----------180,000,000,000-----------180 GB-----------------------167.64 GB
    200 GB-----------200,000,000,000-----------200 GB-----------------------186.26 GB
    250 GB-----------250,000,000,000-----------250 GB-----------------------232.83 GB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ya_know
    What are you bitching about? I remember when 8 gigs was $200, and everyone wanted to know why they couldn't format and use all 8. Go back a few years before that, it was like $600 a Gig, and at bottleneck speeds. You’re complaining about 53 cents a gig…live with it!
    To Ya_Know...


    I was joking about the price.I am fully aware of how inexpensive PC parts are nowadays. I was trying to show that I have a since of humor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zz28
    To Ya_Know...


    I was joking about the price.I am fully aware of how inexpensive PC parts are nowadays. I was trying to show that I have a since of humor.
    He knows, hence the :thumbsup: smiley. He was just showing how old he is.

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    Damn boss...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zz28
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    I was joking about the price.I am fully aware of how inexpensive PC parts are nowadays. I was trying to show that I have a since of humor.

    Well, since you have a since of humor, you understand what I was trying to say...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleRLtd
    He knows, hence the :thumbsup: smiley. He was just showing how old he is.

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    Damn boss...
    but correct , telling someone to upgrade there Bios , and to do a re-format?

    obviously "Richard 1" is not qualified in those matters , and should stick to his day job , rather than giving out false/inacurate information.
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