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A SearchStorage.com reader recently asked: I brought 120g hardisk. I really surprise, that I found there are only 112G. do you have any idea to get back that balance 8G and how I can apply if I find the same problem in thumb drive.

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look at the drive and see if there is another partition. Vendors usually reserve part of the drive for a DR mode or they may have specific utilities. COmpaq used to do that with their server drives.

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  • Smodde
    Probably the old trick. Disk vendor uses 1000 byte in a kilobyte and the same upwards ie. 1GB = 1000 MB. Windows uses the factor of 1024
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  • Poppaman2
    In addition to what "smodde" states (the 1000 bytes = 1KB vs 1024 bytes = 1KB issue), a disk will loose some capacity by the mere fact that it is formatted and partitioned. *GB "lost" from 120 GB raw (native) capacity (about 3 - 4% loss) is normal for Windows, Macintosh and (i think) Linux operating environments. (Note: 120,000,000,000 bytes = 117.188 GB Considering a 3 - 4% loss due to partitioning and formatting, you end up with about 112 - 113 GB total usable capacity)
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  • JBingham
    in manufacturer's terms: 1 KB = 1000 1 MB = 1,000,000 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 so, 120 GB = 120,000,000,000 = 111.76 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024 Or, in reverse, 112GB = 112 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024 = 120,259,084,288, which a disk manufacturer calls 120 GB
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