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HP PCs - Size of Disk Drive Does Not Match Specifications (Windows 8)

This document applies to HP computers with the Windows 8 operating system.
HP computers that come with Windows 8 preinstalled may appear to have a hard drive smaller than what is stated in the product specifications, documentation, or what is stated on the box. Windows may appear to report a smaller hard drive capacity because it shows information about one partition on the hard drive at a time and shows only one of two commonly used reporting systems for binary data.
Understanding hard drive partitions and space usage
HP computers with Windows 8 have hard drives that contain several partitions. The first partition contains space that is usable. This partition is usually the C: drive and may be labeled HP. Another partition contains system recovery information and is labeled RECOVERY.
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