True Hard Disk Size in XP

  [DELETED] 00:32 14 Dec 2003

Hi there Forum Members

I would very much like to know what the true size of my hard disk is.
I have a 160GB drive, However, after modest installation of software, in properties the disk size reads Used Space 7.32GB
Free Space 141GB and capacity 149GB.
So where is the rest of the drive gone?
Or should I ignore that and focus on the size which reads 152,058,470,400 Bytes?
(does that mean 152GB?)
Sorry about all these numbers

Thanks in advance

  [DELETED] 00:48 14 Dec 2003

152,058,470,400 bytes is about 149GBs, Rogmur. 160 GBs is the unformatted size of the drive, when you format the drive you will "lose" a certain percentage of the capacity but whether that percentage amounts to 11 GBs on a drive that size, I'm not sure, coz I never had a drive that size.

  [DELETED] 00:52 14 Dec 2003

Sorry, Rogmur, I should have said 152,058,470,400 bytes + "7.32GB Free Space" is 149 GBs.

  LastChip 00:55 14 Dec 2003

The drive manufacturers like to make their drives appear in the best possible light, therefore they divide their bytes by a 1000 ie. 1000 bytes = 1 Mb and 1000 Mb = 1Gb!

However, the reality in the computing world is slightly different. In reality it takes 1024 bytes to = 1 Mb and 1024 Mb to = 1Gb, hence the discrepancy.

The size indicated in Properties, is a true reflection of the actual disc size.

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