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Unusable space I have a 500 gb drive, but can only use 465 gb. Where is the reat of the space and how do I recover it. I am using a Mac G4. Thanks, j4409

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This is anomaly of nomenclature. A megabyte for example, is thought of and in printed description such as this as 1000 bytes It is in fact 1024 bytes- do the sum you have exactly the right number of byres.

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IMPORTANT, copy everything you want to keep from partition F otherwise it will be deleted. Drive G will not be affected.
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  • Right click the unused space and "Create Partition".
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