View Full Version : Hardisk space reduced due to instalation?

20-11-2002, 11:24 PM
Hi, everyone

I just upgraded my pc into 40 gb (pentium3 667 mhz, RAM up to 300). After installing windows me, I notice that my hard drive capacity is only 38 gb. It is supposed to be more than 39 gb, isn't it? Where is the other 1 gb? could I gain it without re-installing windows?

Is there any free software to make partition without reinstalling Operating System?

Thanks for helping me

20-11-2002, 11:46 PM
If you divide 40,000,000,000 by 1024 three times and then rounded it will give 38. You see 1k is actually 1024 bytes.
I don't know why they don't give the formatted capacity.

21-11-2002, 10:04 AM
apart from the difference already mentioned you will also loose a bit when formatting which can vary a little bit on the format used.

there is software advailable such as partition magic which you can use to partition the drive (not free tho) or you can use ranish (free but not very easy to use). if you have only just done the install it might be easyier to start from scatch, partition, formatt, install.

21-11-2002, 10:06 AM
So it's like the 1.44MB Floppies that are actually 1.38MB?!

21-11-2002, 10:13 AM
>So it's like the 1.44MB Floppies that are actually 1.38MB?!


however having manfactures advertise drives bigger than the actually are dosn't help any.

Graham L
21-11-2002, 05:18 PM
1.44 MB floppies actually contain 1.44 MB. There are 2880 blocks of 512 bytes. A disk MB is 1000 x 1024. That's IBM's definition, and they made disks a very long time ago. :D.

A "modern" "mega" might be 2^20 or 1024 x 1024. But some people say that a million is 10^6. They're right too. :D Some people say that a "billion" is 10^9 (we used to say that it was 10^12), but that's a "gig". A binary gig is something else ( or several "something elses"). Chris does gigs. That's a different sort.

There are a lot of "marketing" numbers. Some are just lies. Some HD floppies are marked "2MB" ... that is true, that's the unformatted capacity.

But if you have "40 GB" disk, you've got what I would describe as a "lot" of disk. A bit of variation in the numbers still leaves a "lot". :D