hardrive size

please can anybody advise.just brought two dell inspiron 510m notebooks advitised as 40gb hard drive.
on recipt checked hardrive properties to find is only 33.6gb.
contacted dell to be told hard drives started out as 40gb then they are formatted which reduces them.
i dont think this is right.
as i oreded a 40gb hardrive surely i should get one.

  vinnyT 15:01 26 Nov 04

No, you have advised correctly, 40Gb is the unformatted size of the disk. Also, part of your drive/s may have been partitioned so it could include re-installation files (ie rather than give a copy of winXP with every pc, many co. are now just including an installation cd which is able to read the files in the hidden partition and restore the pc to factory defaults).

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