External hard drive only showing 298 gigs

  trisha01 15:32 08 Apr 2007

I have an external Iomega 320 gig hard drive (FAT32) however only 298 gigs is showing in Windows(XP), Belarc shows 320 gigs. Why does Win only show 298gigs?

  woodchip 15:39 08 Apr 2007

The drive is correct, Windows way of size is different to manufactures

  anskyber 15:41 08 Apr 2007

1 Gb. Strictly speaking, 1024 megabytes. But usually said to be 1000 megabytes as woodchip has said. It's just different ways of describing the size.

  bremner 16:05 08 Apr 2007

320,000,000,000/1024/1024/1024 = 298GB

  trisha01 17:27 08 Apr 2007

thats cleared that up then - thanks

  Batch 19:01 08 Apr 2007

Strictly speaking, the drive is a 298GB drive or a 320,000,000,000 byte drive. But the manufacturers tend to be economical with the truth as it sounds better (by 22GB in your case).

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