Hard drive usable space

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  1. garry35

    garry35 Registered Member

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    how much freespace should be usable on a 2tb hard drive without partitioning ?. should there be hundreds of gigabytes space already used ? all the above assumes a brand new drive without any bad sectors or errors and has been freshly formatted ready for use and NO partitions or other programs or data on
     
  2. Brian K

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    garry35,

    Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?
     
  3. mirimir

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    Hard drive manufacturers often report size using 1000-based units, but most (all?) OS use 1024-based units. So, on a 2 TB drive, you might be 100 GB short (1024^4 vs 1000^4). But more than that seems odd.
     
  4. garry35

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    sorry i cant post a disk management shot, it just seems that all the 2tb drives i have used seem to show about 1.7tb available regardless of whether their internal or external drives so now i decided on a single 2tb internal and partitioned approx 100gb for windows and the rest for data..........................
     
  5. Brian K

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    garry35,

    In Disk Management, in the square to the left of the drive rectangles you will see a Disk number. What is the GB number under the word Basic.
     
  6. Raza0007

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    Hello Garry, a hard drive marketed as 2 TB is about 1862 GB or 1.8 TB in binary based system. So when you plug this drive into windows, it will show up as a 1862 GB drive.
     
  7. Robin A.

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    2*0.93 = 1.86. Effective capacity = 0.93*nominal capacity.
     
  8. Brian K

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    Garry,

    No feedback?
     
  9. garry35

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    thanks for all the replies. the question has now been answered, but i am unable to post screenshots or reports because the drive is no longer installed or in use, sorry for any misunderstanding caused and lack of feedback
     
  10. Brian K

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    Gazzer, thanks for responding.

    Just a bit of help with...

    This is an impossible scenario. You can't have a formatted drive ready for use with NO partitions. You have to create a partition before you can format the partition. Partitions can be non-formatted or formatted. Unallocated free space can't be formatted. Only partitions can be formatted.
     
  11. garry35

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    my bad i meant to say no partitions as well as the partition needed, ie. no extra partitions
     
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