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29GB missing from hard drive...

by muhp / February 27, 2008 10:53 AM PST

I just bought a new notebook that comes with Microsoft Vista Ultimate and 160GB hard drive. After removing all trial softwares the drive property shows about 49GB allocated. I check c:\Program Files, C:\Program files (86), C:\Windows, and C:\Users and add up the allocated space. The total allocated space should be about 20 GB.

Where's the other 29 GB?

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Our Vista forum has a note about this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2008 11:01 AM PST
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False Advertising
by Phil411 / March 2, 2008 1:08 AM PST

Okay a 160GB harddrive has about 160,000,000,000 bytes and this is what the 160GB refers to. This number is just a binary and the actual formatted capacity of ALL drives is LESS than the advertise. Generally all drives have 10percent less memory than the advertised capacity. so 10 percent of 160 equals 16, so that 160GB minus 16GB to give you a formatted capacity of 144GB. Examples a 500GB Harddrive has 466GB a 4GB iPod 3.86GB, a 1GB memory card has 922Megabyts

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