Formatting an External HDD Question...

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by djearlybird, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. djearlybird macrumors regular

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    I just bought a 500GB hard drive today. Why is it only showing 465.53GB availible when I haven't even added anything to it! I did a reformat in Disk Utility, but its still not showing the full 500GB. Now I realize that you never do get the full memory value when you purchase storage(like for digital cameras), but to lose 35GB of advertised storage, this can't be right, is it? :confused:
     
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    Yes, that's correct. You lose right around 7% of the drive when formatted. 500*.07=35, so 465 available is correct.
     
  3. djearlybird thread starter macrumors regular

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    7% = Total Scam

    How would this not be considered false advertising? I read the fine print that came with it, not mentioned once, nor could I find it on the WD website. I'm just curious what the 7% is used for, if the drive is clean, any opinions?
     
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