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Old 08-23-2004, 06:11 PM   #1
rossAINTfakin
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Seagate 120gb internal hdd question.


I just bought a seagate hdd with 120gb storage, and 8mb cache, it ata 100, im using it with windows xp, and mandrake 10.

my question is, how come after i plugged it in, and started loading my operating systems, before even formatting it, it was only 111.7 gigs.

any ideas or explanations?
 
Old 08-24-2004, 10:38 AM   #2
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rossaintfakin; it is that 140g barrier thing. u may have to go thru bios to over come it. with-in LDP howto in the installation is work-around that barrier. http://tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX; section4.1.4 hard-disk 4.3.11. with detail information.
 
Old 08-24-2004, 10:56 AM   #3
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Hello Penguin4,

I hear this before, most harddisk manufacturers report the low-level capacity of there hard drive so a 120GB is maybe 111.7GB after partition. Partitions also take some space.

A 40GB hard drive is after partition and formating something like 37.5GB.

With kind regards,

Richard
 
Old 08-24-2004, 11:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies,

but Dummy-in-linux, this is before ive even formatted or partitioned, and i can see a little bit of the hdd being lost, but not 9 gigs, i mean on my 20 gig hdd, i have 19 gigs of usable space...

Thanks,
 
Old 08-24-2004, 07:35 PM   #5
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Hello rossAINTfakin,

Capacity is the amount of data that the drive can store, after formatting. Most disc drive companies, including Seagate, calculate disc capacity based on the assumption that 1 megabyte = 1000 kilobytes and 1 gigabyte=1000 megabytes

And most all of us belief that one megabyte is 1024, that is wrong in this case. If you calculate 120.000.000 / 1024 you get 117187.5. Does this number sound familiar?
 
Old 08-25-2004, 09:39 AM   #6
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D-I-L & R.A.F; dil is correct raf i have 40g on p2 machine dual boot , it only
shows 37g. do to the disk mfgs interface for os space is lost. that is the
nature of the beast. its a mfg,s ploy for sales. 40g $$$ - real space. ah well
what can we do! me grin & bear lol.
 
  


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