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How do i reformat (NTFS) my maxtor Basics 160gb external drive to get it back to 160 - it only shows 149gb

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  • iangjervis Sep 29, 2010

    Got it!! -- The drive is 160,039,239,680 Bytes Therefore it's a 160.
    Those Bytes are 149.048 Gigabytes. (1073741824 bytes to a Gigabyte)
    Formatted I get 148.98GB.
    So I haven't lost 11GB at all I only had 149Gb to start with and Maxtor lied on their label saying it was a 160GB. (OR they don't know it's 1024 not 1000)
    Thanks

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It is usual, that you wont be able to access entire 160gb...certain amount of disk space will be reserved in the HDD for boot sector...

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Neither is at fault. Please click on this Seagate link:
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=How_To_Install_and_Troubleshoot_ATA_Hard_Drives&vgnextoid=559e5b1142aec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
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