hard drives

Canada
February 8, 2008 1:33pm CST
i've always wondered this and just thought someone might be able to answer it. why is it when you buy an 80gb hard drive you only get like 74gb's or a 40gb hard drive you only get 37.5gb's? if we are paying for 80gbs shouldn't we get 80gbs?
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
8 Feb 08
You are in fact getting an 80GB hard drive, however remember that your OS is already installed and that takes up drive space, as well as any other pre-installed software.
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• Canada
8 Feb 08
is that right? cause i just put xp on my husbands desktop and we just got an "80gb" hard drive. and before i even did any windows updates or installed any antivirus, it said that a few gbs were already used up?
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• United States
8 Feb 08
LOL, I also used to wander this alot. When I first bought my new desktop it came with a 500GB internal harddrive but it only had free space of about 470 or so. I started searching through all the files it had already and noticed that it had a game installed, and sample music and some other stuff. I only then realized that my PC was a "sample" PC at the shop but in great condition. After I deleted all the extra and sample stuff I had about 490GB or so. But dont forget that the operating system like windows or mac also takes up space of the harddrive to be installed on. I think that windows vista takes up quite abit, thats what Ive got. See ya around all the best!
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