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josephpriboi josephpriboi is offline
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Default Hard disk space problem - 07-13-2010, 06:45 PM

I have Dell mini 10v with a 160 GB harddisk.

I use Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

The problem is that it shows

So basically on my 160 GB harddisk I can only use 125.5+11.1=136.6 Gbs of space.
Is this normal?
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Thorsteenster Thorsteenster is offline
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Default 07-13-2010, 06:56 PM

Yes, the HD manufacturers count bytes different than the OS. The HD manufacturers use a decimal count, while the OS uses binary. Either way though you still end up with the same amount of of available bytes for storage.

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Default 07-13-2010, 10:21 PM

As stated above, hard drive manufacturers advertise capacity in metric GB, but software traditionally uses binary GB. Software that uses binary should use the unambiguous prefixes: MiB, GiB, etc. to refer to binary units.

If you want a authoritative answer, run "sudo lshw -C disk" in a terminal to "list hardware, just disks". It will show you the raw capacity of your drive in both binary (GiB) and metric (GB). "sudo lshw -C volume" will show you how your disk is divided up. I think the Ubuntu installer defaults to 2 partitions, a swap/virtual memory partition of a couple GB (for when RAM is low), and a large partition for everything else.

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