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    Ever wonder why a 1 TB (1000GB) Hard Drive appears in Windows as only 931 GB in size?

    Great article authored by Seagate explaining the reason why Windows always lists the space of your HDD at less than the figure listed by the HDD manufacturer.

    The short answer is binary vs. decimal calculations of HDD size.

    Quote Originally Posted by Seagate
    Explains why a hard drive's capacity often appears to be less than advertised when showing in (My) Computer/This PC or Mac Disk Utility.

    Storage capacity measurement standards

    This article will cover the following subjects:
    → Discrepancy between reported capacity and actual capacity
    → Motivation for proposed prefixes for binary multiples
    → Two different measurements systems
    → How operating systems report drive capacity

    Discrepancy between reported capacity and actual capacity
    Many people are confused when their operating system reports, for example, that their new 1 Terabyte (1 TB, or 1000 GB) hard drive is reporting only about 931 gigabytes (GB) in usable capacity. Several factors may come into play when you see the reported capacity of a disk drive. Unfortunately, there are two different number systems which are used to express units of storage capacity; binary, which says that a kilobyte is equal to 1024 bytes, and decimal, which says that a KB is equal to 1000 bytes. The storage industry standard is to display capacity in decimal. Even though in binary you have more bytes, the decimal representation of a GB shows greater capacity. In order to accurately understand the true capacity of your disk drive, you need to know which base unit of measure (binary or decimal) is being used to represent capacity. Another factor that can cause misrepresentation of the size of a disk drive is BIOS limitations. Many older BIOS are limited in the number of cylinders they can support.

    Motivation for proposed prefixes for binary multiples
    In the past, computer professionals noticed that 1024 or 2^10 (binary) was very nearly equal to 1000 or 10^3 (decimal) and started using the prefix "kilo" to mean 1024. That worked well enough for a decade or two because everybody who talked KB knew that the term implied 1024 bytes. However, almost overnight a much more numerous "everybody" bought computers, and the trade computer professionals needed to talk to physicists and engineers and even to ordinary people, most of whom know that a kilometer is 1000 meters and a kilogram is 1000 grams.
    Read More. . . Storage capacity measurement standards

    Additional Information - Why does my hard drive report less capacity than indicated on the drive's label?


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    Re: Ever wonder why a 1 TB (1000GB) Hard Drive appears in Windows as only 931 GB in s

    In short:

    1GB = 1 000 000 000 bytes for the manufacturers
    ((1 000 000 000 : 1024) : 1024) = 953.67 MB for the computers

    1TB = 1 000 000 000 000 bytes for the manufacturers
    (((1 000 000 000 000: 1024) : 1024) : 1024) = 931.32 GB for the computers

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