The Missing Gigabyte

The Missing Gigabyte
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Synopsis: The truth behind the lack of functional free space on your newly purchased drive!

Ever wonder why the 128GB SSD card you've purchased shows less than 128GB of true free space?

We often hear this question but why is it like this and is there anything we can do about it?

Well don’t worry; nothing is wrong with your drive! It’s not your fault at all. This misconception stems from the ambiguous definition of a “gigabyte”. Manufacturers measure gigabytes in a different way than your computer reads them. This results in a miscommunication of how much space is actually on your drive. If you bought an advertised 128GB drive, the actual 119GB you ended up with is the difference of measurement between the manufacturer and computer. There is nothing that can be done to change this lack of space.

Keep this in mind the next time you’re shopping for a drive. The actual free space on the drive will be slightly less than what the package says it’s going to have.

For an in-depth explanation, check out The Case of the Missing Gigabytes.

Ryan Newman

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