Just wondering what is the best formattiing option for a hard disk so that performance and space is not compromised. I normally use the defualt for NTFS and a 300GB disk's formatted capacity becomes 280GB.
ok, here is what HDD companies use:
Here is what your computer gives you:
There is nothing you can do about it. There is already a lawsuit out there, but it is going no where because the top numbers are correct. The correct terminology for the base-2 equivalent of 2^30 is Gibibyte, or 1 GiB, not Gigabyte.
If you want to analyze a particular drive, give me the model or a link to its ad and we can check the terminology they use closer...
Years ago I had a customer who brought back a 30 MEG Hard Drive for the same reason. We went 'round-n-'round with him. He kept insisting we were trying to pull a "bait and switch" on him. I finally just gave him back his money and sent him off to bother someone else.
Sometimes, in this life, you get what you pay for. and sometimes you don't. If you don't like what they've done; reference your hard drive, you can do one of two things. You can pound someones ear about it a little, which gets you nowhere. Or you can see your congressman and pound his table. If he doesn't give you a reasonable answer I'd not worry too much about it. In the great scheme of live, it is a mere trifle and not very tasty at that. Cheers. Mike of Wales.
Also, "formatted capacity" means low-level formatting by the drive manufacturer, not the OS-level formatting which eats up room for the parameters and tables it needs to maintain files and such on the drive.
And for goodness sake, don't look at RAID 5... you won't like what you find! ;-)