What is and How much is a Byte, Megabyte, Gigabytes, Terabytes and Petabytes and their Equivalence?

In our everyday life, we are immersed in the world of technology. In this way, many of the technical terms that are handled in this world are already used with great frequency. And in most cases we don’t even know its meaning. But we do know how to use it in a sentence, or how we can get across with them.

This happens when we are about to buy a phone, we must know the memory capacity of it, so as not to release the RAM memory of the cell phone constantly. Although some devices nowadays, allow to increase the RAM memory of Android mobile with or without root.

Among the things that we take into account to make this purchase are: the phone model, the brand, the quality of the camera, the operating system, the RAM and ROM memory. Now, in the case of memories, these are given by prefixes of Mega, Giga and Tera. And a byte suffix.

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We normally understand these prefixes as device storage capacity. But we really don’t know how that ability works. And what makes their use easier for us is to compare them with the weight of memory occupied by the applications we frequent. So we can decide whether or not that memory capacity comes to us.

Well, here we are going to explain what a Byte, Megabyte, Gigabytes, Terabytes and Petabytes are. What’s more, we will show you its equivalence. In this way, you will know how digital memories work.

processor of a computer

What is the bit in data storage?

Since the invention of the first computer, the data that they began to handle had its own number system, it was called the binary system. It was about a system that had two digits, 1 and 0. Here the bit arose, which consists of the minimum unit of computer storage.

This was necessary in order to develop computer data storage today. Of course, at that time computers were started, they require very little space to function.

However, as computers diversified their uses, it was necessary to increase this memory capacity.

This is where the first set of bits appears, called the byte. This is made up of 8 bits. Later, it became the suffix for data storage.

Furthermore, over time he was accompanied by prefixes to indicate their increment, these prefixes are Kilo, Mega, Giga, Tera and Peta. Of course, these prefixes are used throughout the international system of units to measure different physical quantities.

How much is a Byte, Megabyte, Gigabytes, Terabytes and Petabytes and their equivalence?

In data storage for different digital equipment, the most used measures are given by the following prefixes and suffixes:

  • Byte: Represented by the letter B and is currently used as the suffix in data storage. Its size is 8 bits, which is equivalent to 1 byte.
  • Kilobyte: It is represented by the letters KB and its size is 1024 bytes.
  • Megabyte: It is represented by the letters MB. Its size is 1,048,576 bytes and equivalent to 1024 kilobytes.
  • Gigabyte: Represented by the letters GB. Its size is 1,073,741,824 bytes, equivalent to 1,048,576 kilobytes and equivalent to 1024 megabytes.
  • Terabyte: It is represented by the letters TB. Its size is 1,099,511,627,776 bytes, equivalent to 1,073,741,824 kilobytes, equivalent to 1,048,576 megabytes and equivalent to 1024 gigabytes.
  • Petabyte: It is represented by the letters PB. Its size is 1,125,899,906,842,624 bytes, equivalent to 1,099,511,627,776 kilobytes, equivalent to 1,073,741,824 megabytes, equivalent to 1,048,576 gigabytes and equivalent to 1024 terabytes.

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What are units of magnitude for in data storage

Technology advances exponentially every day. This means that each time there are app improvements, and device functionalities. The cost of these improvements is reflected in increased data storage.

Thus, devices that have a very limited data storage capacity will suffer the consequences of these advances. For example, it may not allow us to update the Google Play Store, or it may not allow us to update the Android software due to lack of space. So on until completely obsolete. Well, these magnitudes help us to understand a memory size in simpler terms. In order to assimilate more easily and without the need for complex conversions.

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