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Just bought a new HDD and it is missing some space....


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#1 NuckenFutz

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:12 PM

Ok I got a "2TB" HDD for my pc because I only had like 20GB's free of 750. And I go to format my new drive it and it says that it is only 1863GB's. I know that they cant get it exact but.... really? I could do a lot with that missing 137GB's. Just imagine that for music, I have like 37GB's of music and its like 6800 songs so just imagine 137GB's of music... What I am wondering is if I can contact Western Digital and get one where I do not feel so riped off and by the way it is brand new

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:25 PM

This has always been the case with hard drives. It just gets more noticeable with larger drives.

Hard drive capacity is specified by decimal values, Windows reports drive size by binary values. They aren't the same, and it's confusing when they are both referred to by the same naming initials (GB, TB etc).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terabyte

"Disk drive sizes are always designated in SI units by manufacturers."

The issue has passed through litigation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Digital#Lawsuits

Edited by Platypus, 18 January 2011 - 11:27 PM.

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