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Just bought a new Maxtor 160GB external hard drive. When I got it set up, I only had 149GB to work with. I realize I won't get the full 160 GB, but 11GB seems like a lot to lose.
 

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You have just been bit by "Disk Manufacturer Gigabytes". :D

A real gigabyte is 1024*1024*1024, but disk manufacturers consider a gigabyte 1000*1000*1000. It doesn't look like much expressed that way, but it's about 7% difference in capacity.

You have the full capacity that you purchased, do the math.
 

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149Gb is about right. THe way the drive is advertised uses the Dewey Decimal (Base 10) system. THe way the computer recognizes the size is Binary. A Kilo Byte is actually 1024 bytes instead of 1000 bytes.
 

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you are much quicker than I am John
 
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