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Default got new 1012 - 02-01-2011, 08:11 PM

hey all! got my scratch n dent 1012 from dell outlet and like it so far. it says it has a 160gb hd but when i looked at hd size it read 124 of 135gb free. i know the computer uses some of hd but shouldn't it read 124 of 160gb? thanks for any feedback.
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Default 02-01-2011, 09:54 PM

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hey all! got my scratch n dent 1012 from dell outlet and like it so far. it says it has a 160gb hd but when i looked at hd size it read 124 of 135gb free. i know the computer uses some of hd but shouldn't it read 124 of 160gb? thanks for any feedback.
it has a 20G or so hidden partition for you to do a factory restore. It also has a 30M hidden partition which it does the memory check and other testing.


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Default 02-01-2011, 10:10 PM

Most utilities state capacities in binary units. Manufacturers use metric units when stating capacities. 160 metric GB = 149 binary GB.

149 binary GB minus a couple GB for the recovery and utility partitions and you have 135 binary GB.

Check "Disk Management" if you want to see how the partitions are laid out.


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Default 02-01-2011, 11:19 PM

ok so how do i know where the 11gb have gone?
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Default 02-02-2011, 01:50 AM

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ok so how do i know where the 11gb have gone?
Are you refering to the difference between 160 metric GB and 149 binary GB? 'Cause those "missing" GB never existed.

It's like the difference between yards and meters. An American football field is 120yds long including the endzones, but "only" 110 meters long. There aren't 10 missing meters. It's just a different way of measuring. Now, I'll admit that it's incredibly confusing when both units are "GB", and it's frequently unclear which "GB" is being referred to.


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Default 02-02-2011, 07:10 AM

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ok so how do i know where the 11gb have gone?
If it Winblows 7, then probably ate them up by system partition to protect the OS. PLCHAN is also correct. Dell think it is better to grab the space and help save the environment from not sending those recovery CD/DVD.

Be happy the missing "Gigs" has been put to good use. Otherwise wipe everything and do a clean reinstall.


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