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Bad HD ?

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i use in my system some samsung SV1604N 160GB, 5400U/min, U-DMA 133. in my bios they sign with 149 gb, in xp with 152 gb. one of them sign only with 122 gb. a hardware check with an samsung utility show it as ok. what can i do ?

and: how can i use the full 160 gb?

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A 160GB drive has 160,000,000,000 bytes of data, which is really only 149 GB.
(149 x 1024 x 1024 x 1024 = 159,987,520,000)
It's a very questionable practice by drive makers to mis-label the drives. I have a 60GB drive that really has 57GB, I also have a 30GB drive that really has 28GB.

My first IDE HDD was a 84MB Conner that only had 80MB

1 Gigabyte of data is 1,073,741,800 bytes, not 1,000,000,000 bytes, as drive manufacturers seem to think.




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/\ What he said /\

Also, you must consider that on a drive like that, your bios will report the actual drive space, while windows wil report "usable" space, which is slightly less due to formatting.

My WD 160gb is actually like 143gb in size.