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Is my hard drive 13 GB or 15 GB?

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Posted on Monday, December 4, 2000 - 11:27 am:   

About eight months ago, I had a computer system put together for meóPentium III 600 EB Flip Chip, 128 M Ram PC 133, ASUS P3V4X motherboard, ATI Rage Fury video card, 19 inch monitor, 56K USR modem, 52 CD-ROM, SB Live!, PCI SCSI card, Yamaha 4x8x24 CD-WR,, etc. (My son plays a lot of games.) Hereís my problem. I paid for a 15 GB 7200rpm hard drive (either Max or WDóI donít know the difference). When I go into My Computer and click on the C-Drive, it says that Capacity is 13.9 GB and Free is 12.7 GB. Also, when I do a hard drive scan with Norton Anti Virus, NAV lists the hard drive as 13 GB. Nowhere on my system can I find any reference to a 15 GB hard drive, which is what I paid for. Is there any way at all I can find out if I actually have a 13 GB or a 15 GB hard drive? When I called the store where I purchased the system and questioned them about this, I was told that a 15 GB hard drive will often list at 13.9 GB. Is this true, or I am being lied to? Iím suspicious because when I first bought the system, they put in a Pentium III600 and not the 600 EB I paid for. I discovered the error when I checked the boxes that everything came in. Iím not a computer whiz, so I need proof if I have a problem here before my warranty period expires. Is it a 13 GB or a 15 GB?
Posted on Monday, December 4, 2000 - 1:03 pm:   

If the formatted capacity is 13.9 gb, then the drive is probrably a 15 GB or very close.

Drives are sold based on their unformatted capacity, and with 1GB = 1,000 MB

Windows sees a hard drive as 1GB = 1024 MB or something like that.

Also, you do lose some of the capacity when its formatted.

So it probrably is a 15 GB, but that doesnt mean you get 15 GB useable.

This is a common question, hope i've helped to explain it a bit.

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