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Old 08-29-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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Installed XP via Virtual Box on Ubuntu my hd now shows up as 146gb instead of 160gb

This could be a very newbie problem, but I don't understand why my total disk space is now only 147gb instead of 160gb. I only noticed this after I installed xp and gave it 20gb of virtual space in virtual box. Maybe I'm just missing something. Please let me know.
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Can I confirm it actually reported 160GB previously on checking? As far as I am aware most of virtualisation suites just make an image file and use this is a virtual file system and so should not effect the total size of the hard drive. Most hard drives report their size in GB while operating systems don't actually report space in GB but rather GiB and these are two different measurements and as GiB are slightly larger then GB, roughly so 160GB is about 147~148GiB.

For reference:
1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.
1GiB = 1,073,741,824 bytes.
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My 160GB HDD appears as 146.7GiB. It's normal and has nothing to do with VirtualBox: one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, when one GiB is a bit more than that, hence the difference.
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Perfect. Thanks
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How did you define the XP container for VirtualBox?


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