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Qustion about new Dell laptop hard drive

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by erick73, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. erick73


    Oct 11, 2006
    Hi guys,

    On black friday I bought a new Dell laptop.
    it's supposed to have a 500 gig hard drive
    well, when I click on computer the OS (c:) hard drive says:

    423 GB free of 451 GB

    I have nothing installed on it besides what came from the factory so where are my other 49 GB?

    I willl probably never use up all that memory but if I paid for 500 GB, I want 500 GB.
  2. KB2MBC

    KB2MBC NRA Life Member

    Nov 18, 2009
    Happens all the time, with all manufacturers. I wouldn't worry about it.

  3. zigzagg321

    zigzagg321 clever quip

    Jul 21, 2010
    S Oh
    the OS has to live somewhere... so does a recovery partition if there is one... there could be other partitions reducing the total from 500GB also.
  4. srhoades


    Jul 14, 2000
    Recovery partition + rounding down of how they calculate a GB for marketing purposes.
  5. Linux3


    Dec 31, 2008
    First off it's storage not memory. RAM is memory, disk is storage.
    A megaByte = 1,048,576, not 1,000,000. It's a binary number.
    So the drive maker uses megaByte = 1,000,000 but your O.S. sees it as 1,048,576 and thus reports a smaller number of megaBytes.

    This has been going on for ages and was the subject of a law suit against Seagate in California a while back. In that state it's required to report the actual size that an O.S. will see. But even that is kind of silly as Linux ext2 and ext4 will see a different size as a formatted disk. FAT 32 and NTFS will be different too.

    Enjoy your new system.
  6. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    They had to leave them at the factory due to budget cuts.
  7. I have the same 500gb drive from Dell. The OS is on your system along with a hidden restore partition.
  8. Linux3


    Dec 31, 2008
    That's funny. Thanks.
  9. volky

    volky NRA Member Millennium Member

    Ever buy something in a box and theres lots of space where there could be product? But it's just air? They tell you it settles. I say it's so they can cheap out on the product and not make you think you're getting screwed. Happens all the time. welcome to pay less, get way less.
  10. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    Yeah but hard drives are sold by volume, not by weight :animlol: