It's a pity you don't get the opportunity to pay for the HDD the same way. Imagine telling the guy behind the counter "Ohh I'm sorry where I come from when we say $100 we really only mean $97. It's all right here in the fine print."
Carputer Haiku (thanks Ian Hughes)
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.
once a harddrive is formatted, a file-system is created on it (NTFS, FAT, FAT32 etc..). Depending on the file-system, you end up losing some space on the drive. basically, the larger the drive, the more you end up losing before it is formatted to be used.