Please be informed that what you are observing is the difference in the definition of one Gigabyte by operating systems versus product manufacturers. Operating systems use a binary system which will present a lower number of GB than the decimal-based system used by manufacturers to define the capacity of products. This is due to the binary system representing a GB as a higher number of actual bytes.
For example: Operating systems define a 1GB as 1,073,741,824 Bytes. We define 1GB as 1,000,000,000 bytes.
I understand GB etc. What I don’t understand is why capacity on 2 identical drives is different. The original format is FAT32 has 126,164,697,544 bytes. Fat32 is not an option on Windows 10. The one I reformatted as NTFS has 115GB/124,216,406,016 bytes. How can I recover the lost space? Thanks, Al
Brnkm, Thanks for the instructions.
Unforturnately, the result was the same! the Windows 10 format olny gives me a size of 115GB to use. Some how it came with 117GB but I cannot format it back to 117GB.
Thanks, for your help!
I also have a Sandisk Ultra 128GB Thumb driver with two NTFS partitions. Thank you for the advice on how to reset the partitions. moviebox pro , 3utools Although I have other thumb drivers, the Sandisk is the most reliable and has the quickest data transmission speed. I enjoy Sandisk products.
Actual answer is this, file systems and sector size will affect free space. The file system itself uses space, the more granular the file system the more space it will take, with a trade off that it will handle small files with less waste.
There is no lost space. If you want to store large files use large cluster exfat, if very small files, use a small cluster size.
There is a 2 gb difference in space between the one I reformated and the one I didn’t! 117 gb vs 115 gb. I didn’t expect 128 gb for the reasons you mentioned. I was hoping to find a method to recover the missing space.
Both drives are empty. One is the way it came new 117gb the other I formated to the largest size the format program listed 115 gb. I was hoping to find a format method to recover the space.
Somehow SanDisk was able to format to 117 gb.