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Why does a new 1TB hard drive , (1000 gb) only show up as 932gb in properties. if there is a .94mb program that makes the hard drive work what happend to all the other 67gb .6mb. whith the price of machine thats a lot of gb and storage space not accounted for

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The discrepancy is from the partition formatting. In order for the computer to organize the info, it has to have a defined pattern of blocks to use, like a file cabinet system. The partition definition takes a little space to lay down on the drive, also not all of the drive may be usable due to the partition blocks being laid down may not fit exactly in the available space, so the remaining space is ignored. Like trying to use a circle to draw a square onto. there are parts of the circle you just cannot include in the square. The file system and allocation table operates within the partition.

In most hard drives it comes out to about 9% of the total space.

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