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My 80 Gig WD SE is only showing 75 Gigs?

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KerryrreK

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I'm on 98se, anyone know what's going on? I had heard win98 had a limit to how big hard drives could be but had never heard what it was or how to change it. OH, and also, some programs, including when I go to set my page file, show that my hard drive has like -286537 megs of free space or something, notice the negative sign! Some games do this as well.

Kerry
 

Miknow

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no its right, companies post it as unformatted 80gig after format its 75

My is 60gig but it shows 55.9
 

su root

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I believe the maximum size for a hard drive partition is:

FAT16: 2gigs
FAT32: 32gigs

how did you get it to recognize 75 gigs, let alone 80gigs in Win98se? what filesystem are you using?
 

su root

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ThePerfectCore said:
FAT32 can be much bigger than that, but I don't remember exactly how much bigger. I believe it's in the TB range, though.

Whoops.. i was thinking pre-LBA mode BIOS restrictions :beer:


You will always lose a bit of your hard drive to filesystem overhead.

FAT32 is low-overhead, but low-performance.
NTFS is high-overhead, and good-performance

My 30gig is 28.6gigs on NTFS. When you change to NTFS you will lose more space on your hard drive.
 
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WyrmMaster

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It is 80,000,000 kb

1mb = 1024kb

So your "80 gb drive" is actually only 75000mb.

Its just in the way that the size is counted, all drives do that.