Hard drive detecting 232gb

By rash
Mar 23, 2006
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  1. I have bought a new hard drive. I have enabled it in the registry. 'EnableBigLba" set to "1". But when i check the drive capacity its only showing 232gb. My question is that where is the rest of the 18gb gone.
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    I am assuming you loaded your OS. That probably took up some space.
  3. rash

    rash Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    no this is a secondary sata drive that i have installed. I am going to keep back ups on the 250gb hard drive. Nothing is on the hard drive and its detecting 232gb..why?
  4. k1n9k00p4

    k1n9k00p4 Newcomer, in training Posts: 110

    its prob just less size than it states on the HDD - The other day i bought a 160GB HDD, got it home, set it up and the total size was 149gb. i think every HDD is less that it actually states.
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,277   +178

    It's the difference between the way Windows defines 1GB and the way hard drive makers define 1GB. There's nothing wrong. Right click on the drive in My Computer or Windows Explorer and click on Properties. You should see the two ways your hard drive capacity is shown, including the full 250GB.
  6. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 484

    Mail Pup is right this is something that has been going on for year. Windows defines 1GB as 1GB=1024MB, however HDD manufactures define it as 1GB=1000MB. Not that much of a different but when you add it up it cam be.

    I have a 320GB SATA Western Digital only shows as being 298GB. It sucks but that is kind of the way it works since like the windows 3.1 days or probably even before that. That was just the first time I actually saw it :).
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    thats the problem thats why I tell clients to buy under 200 gb
    we are all getting cheated with marketing
    and if you partition it gets worse
    if using for data leave as on drive do not partion
    2 is ok but anymore and your just fooling yourself
    last yr a bought a maxtor oem (kick myself)lost over 3gbs and its only 80 gb on label
    the sn says its from 04 but the label says made in05 and now can not get a RMA for it
    maxtor sucks
    maybe when seagate finishs with them they will get better
    and the box should have the true size after it is read by OS
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