|"I upgraded to a 500 GB hd and had my old hd "copied" to my new hd"|
Explain how you prepared the new HDD. Did you partition & format it in advance? Which software program did you use for the cloning?
"A 500GB drive will generally only be able to store around 488GB of data due to the "binary vs. decimal" representation of 1000"
Actually it would be closer to 466GB. I believe you're using 1000 / 1024 x 500 to convert? It should be:
1000x1000x1000 / 1024x1024x1024 x 500
I use 0.931 as the approx conversion factor.