Just bought an Inspiron 15R N5110 laptop which was supposed to have 1TB of Hard Drive (it has i7 processor with 8GB RAM). But when I activated it, it only has 916GB of Hard Drive space available in total!! (including the partition for back-up and pre-installed Office suite...etc.)
Is that normal?!? I've read on some on-line forum that retailers tend to use a base-10 measurement (e.g. 1000MB = 1GB, 1000GB = 1TB) but space is actually base-2, so some disk-spaces are "lost" with this conversion. But this shouldn't be a 84GB difference should it??? I mean, I've still got an old desk-top computer with only 80GB Hard Drive space in total!
Have I been ripped-off??? If someone could enlighten me, that'd be great.
It is normal - all hard drive makers quote gigs in decimal; the OS counts in binary. That means you get 93% of the stated capacity (or about 930 GBytes for a 1000G drive).
There are a couple of hidden partitions on the drive that contain the recovery and diagnostic software - those total about 14G so you have what you see, free.
This is completely normal, my 1TB is 927GB. You lose less on smaller hard drives because it is a percentage loss. For example a 100GB drive would be about 91-93GB.
Hope that clarifies things