To a drive manufacturer, 120GB is 120,000,000,000 bytes, with a single GB as
1,000,000,000 using base10 math. To a computer, that uses base2 or binary
math, a single GB is defined as 1024x1024x1024 bytes, or 1,073,741,824
bytes. So, a pc sees the drive as 120,000,000,00/1,073,741,824 or 111.76GB.
The additional missing 8GB may be part of your recovery partition, something
very common with laptops.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"brummyfan" <brummyfan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I have bought a new laptop which says it has 1GB RAM, 120GB but when I go
> computer it shows on C drive 60% free out of 51.8 GB and on D partition
> free out of 51.6GB. I am wondering whether the manufacturer telling me
> the HD is 103.4GB. Could anyone please tell me whether this is normal?