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Bytes

Usually from the title of one of my posts, you can tell what the article will be about, but this one gives almost no clues as to what the article will be about - unless you are a bit of a computer wiz.

  Ok, a Byte is a unit of data, equivalent to eight Bits. A bit is very small, a Bit is the smallest unit of data that a computer uses.

The next biggest thing after a Byte is a Kilobyte, and when speaking in terms of hard disk space/storage, a Kilobyte is 1000 Bytes. This goes on and on right up to a Geopbyte which is equivalent to... allot of Bits.

In the table below you can see all the different types of Byte currently invented and what they are equivalent too. The table is based on hard disk space/storage, as when talking about processing e.g. how much RAM you have, you would use 1024 Bytes as the equivalent to a Kilobyte.

Name
Size in Bytes
Size in Bits
Bit 1/8 (0.125) 1
Byte 1 8
Kilobyte 1,000 8,000
Megabyte 1,000,000 8,000,000
Gigabyte 1,000,000,000 8,000,000,000
Terabyte 1,000,000,000,000 8,000,000,000,000
Petabyte 1,000,000,000,000,000 8,000,000,000,000,000
Exabyte 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 8,000,000,000,000,000,000
Zettabyte 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Yottabyte 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 -
000,000
8,000,000,000,000,000,000 -
000,000
Brontobyte 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 -
000,000,000
8,000,000,000,000,000,000 -
000,000,000
Geopbyte 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 -
000,000,000,000
8,000,000,000,000,000,000 -
000,000,000,000

That is allot of zeroes! Hopefully you now know something that is completely useless! Unless you are heavily evolved in IT.

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 18th January 2010

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