shrinkage when formatting a drive

  silliw 21:03 14 Jan 2005

I have just installed a 160Gb SATA drive which I have formatted as a basic drive for video editing. I was surprised to see that the available space after formatting was only 149Gb with the remainder of the drive being consumed by the recycler and sytem volume.

Is this normal? I am shocked that there is so much shrinkage on formatting

  Diodorus Siculus 21:10 14 Jan 2005

That is about correct - all down to the way gbs are measured.

  davidg_richmond 21:13 14 Jan 2005

You lose just under 4Gb if say a Mb is later measured as 1000 kb not 1024 kb, and more when the disc's information is stored as it needs a certain amount to map out the drive.

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