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I updated the BIOS of an old Dell Dimension desktop.

Installed 120gig hard drive, ran fdisk and formatted.

Then booted from XP CD and ran install.

XP is only seeing this drive at 114.  How can I get back the 6gig I lost?
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Hi tituba2,

Sorry to say, but this is normal, it's the way the harddisk manufactors advertize.
A GB is normally 1.024 MB = 1.048.576 KB = 1.073.741.824 Byte
But in the advertizings another counting system is used:
1 GB = 1.000 MB = 1.000.000 KB = 1.000.000.000 byte.

There's your difference
120 *1.000.000 / 1.048.576 = 114.44 KB :(

Greetings,

LucF
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Ah!  See, I KNEW there was a good reason I've always hated math! :)

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Glad to help :)

LucF
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