Maxtor 40GB HD recognized by Windows ME as only 38.2GB...

Posted on 2003-03-22
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I recently installed the aforementioned 40GB Maxtor drive as the master drive in a new system that I built.

When I began to format the drive in DOS before installing the OS, before the format began, DOS insisted that there were some bad sectors on the drive (I'm sorry, I don't remember the exact text).  I thought that was odd, as I had just run a thorough scan via Scandisk in DOS and Scandisk reported no bad sectors or problems with the HD.  Nevertheless, DOS and Windows ME only recognize 38.2GB of the HD's 40GB capacity...

I've since run Norton Disk Doctor in Windows ME (which took 5 hours) and, once again, no errors found on the drive.  It's not the end of the world, but I'm curious as to where my missing 1.8GBs are!

Any suggestions?

Question by:Clydee
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bjorndahlen earned 300 total points
ID: 8187194
Probably nothing missing...
Disk manufactures prefers to list the
drive capacity in millions and billions bytes.
Windows will report the capacity based on
1k =1024 bytes
1MB = 1048576 bytes and so on

Expert Comment

ID: 8189068
Many HD manufacturers actually redefine GB on the outside of the box, occasionally it is only in the manual, but I have not yet found an HD that used the actual definition of a GB (1,073,741,824 bytes).

Of course Windows may not show the full size of the harddrive any way, the file system does take up some room.


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ID: 8190911
Thanks, Bjorn.  

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