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October 28th, 2010, 04:14 PM
Hi all,

I have installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on my desktop. I have a formatting question.

My config:
Dell GX 280 2GB ram, 80 GB HD Attached to mainboard.
Highpoint Rocket 620A 2 750GB HDs on seagate and the other WD.

Question is I format the 750 gb hd and I am not getting the full 750gb, what can I do to get more space out of the drive. I am getting 698GB. If that is all I can get please let me know.


October 28th, 2010, 04:18 PM
Install partitionmanager (or gparted) with your package manager to get a graphical view of your disks.

October 28th, 2010, 04:19 PM
Ya we don't get full space for use HDD's or USB's too.

So don't worry :)

October 28th, 2010, 04:25 PM
750gb = about 698.5gib

Later, if you format it ext2/3/4, you can use "tune2fs -m0" on the partition to reduce the reserved space to 0% to get the most space out of it. The default reservation is 5%. I usually go with -m1 for 1%.

October 28th, 2010, 04:30 PM
Spot on there, you never get quite what it says on the tin, and if you ever challenge it, then can catch you out with Gigabits/bytes and stuff like that, you'd think If they advertise 750gb, they'd actually put 802gb so you got what was advertised... :mad:

October 28th, 2010, 04:38 PM
WOW totally fast response guys. Yea I did not expect to get the full drive, but 50gb seemed like and awful lot to give up. ok nothing wrong partition is as described.

thanks muchly