New HDD - capacity?

  g0slp 10:12 18 Apr 2006

I bought a 320Mb External Hard Drive yesterday.

click here

On setting it up, it's only showing 298Mb free, & about 38Mb used. I ran the system check & defrag on it, but no change. No problems reported either.

Is this to be expected, or is the unit defective?

Thanks in advance.

  johnnyrocker 10:44 18 Apr 2006

have you explored it to see if there is anything on it? (it may be a return)?


  jimv7 10:47 18 Apr 2006

Very small, do you mean GB not MB.

  ed-0 11:39 18 Apr 2006

Your link suggests Gbs and not Mbs. ;-)

Once formatted that would be about the correct size displayed for a 320Gb drive.

  jimv7 12:03 18 Apr 2006

Manufacturers use 1000mb per gb to size drives which would give you 320gb, however windows uses the correct sizing of 1024mb per gb, which is why windows reports it as 298gb.

  g0slp 17:11 18 Apr 2006

Thanks - yes 'twas GB, not MB - Doh!!!

No it wasn't a return.

Thanks all for input.


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