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  1. #1


    brummyfan Guest

    missing HD space

    I have bought a new laptop which says it has 1GB RAM, 120GB but when I go to
    computer it shows on C drive 60% free out of 51.8 GB and on D partition 100%
    free out of 51.6GB. I am wondering whether the manufacturer telling me that
    the HD is 103.4GB. Could anyone please tell me whether this is normal?

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  2. #2


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: missing HD space

    Hi,

    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
    news:4F34E67D-9A40-4B92-AB15-05B5316A9882@xxxxxx

    >I have bought a new laptop which says it has 1GB RAM, 120GB but when I go
    >to
    > computer it shows on C drive 60% free out of 51.8 GB and on D partition
    > 100%
    > free out of 51.6GB. I am wondering whether the manufacturer telling me
    > that
    > the HD is 103.4GB. Could anyone please tell me whether this is normal?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    brummyfan Guest

    Re: missing HD space



    "Rick Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > 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
    > news:4F34E67D-9A40-4B92-AB15-05B5316A9882@xxxxxx

    > >I have bought a new laptop which says it has 1GB RAM, 120GB but when I go
    > >to
    > > computer it shows on C drive 60% free out of 51.8 GB and on D partition
    > > 100%
    > > free out of 51.6GB. I am wondering whether the manufacturer telling me
    > > that
    > > the HD is 103.4GB. Could anyone please tell me whether this is normal?
    >
    > Thank you Rick, I was worried that I paid too much for a 103GB laptop.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    HeyBub Guest

    Re: missing HD space

    brummyfan wrote:

    > I have bought a new laptop which says it has 1GB RAM, 120GB but when
    > I go to computer it shows on C drive 60% free out of 51.8 GB and on D
    > partition 100% free out of 51.6GB. I am wondering whether the
    > manufacturer telling me that the HD is 103.4GB. Could anyone please
    > tell me whether this is normal?
    It's normal.



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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