What is and how much does a Byte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte and Petabyte cost and their equivalence?

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In our daily life we ​​are immersed in the world of technology. In this way, many of the technical terms that are dealt with in this world are already used with great frequency. And in most cases we don't even know its meaning. But we know how to use it in a sentence, or how we can cope with them.

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



Among the things we take into consideration to make this purchase are: the model of the phone, 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 some prefixes of Mega, Giga and Tera. And a suffix of bytes.

Normally we understand these prefixes as the storage capacity of the device. But we really don't know how this capability works. And what makes it easier for us to use them is to compare them with the weight of the memory occupied by the applications we use. So we can decide whether that memory capacity reaches us or not.

Well, here we will explain what a Byte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte and Petabyte are. Furthermore, we will show you its equivalence. This way you will know how digital memories work.

What is the bit in data storage?

Since the invention of the first computer, the data they began to manage had its own number system, called the binary system. Was a system that had two digits, 1 and 0. Here the bit has risen, which is the minimum unit of memory of the computer.



This was necessary to develop computer data storage today. Of course, from that point on when computers are started, they require very little space to run.

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

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

In addition, over time it has been accompanied by prefixes to indicate the increase, 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 does a Byte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte and Petabyte cost and their equivalence?

When storing data for various digital equipment, the most used measures are given by the following prefixes and suffixes:

  • Byte: is represented by the letter B and is currently used as a suffix in data storage. Its size is 8 bits, which is equivalent to 1 byte.
  • kilobyte: is represented by the letters KB and its size is 1024 bytes.
  • megabyte: is represented by the letters MB. Its size is 1.048.576 bytes and is equivalent to 1024 kilobytes.
  • Gigabyte: is represented by the letters GB. Its size is 1.073.741.824 bytes, equivalent to 1.048.576 kilobytes and equivalent to 1024 megabytes.
  • Terabytes: 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.
  • Petabytes: 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.



What are units of size used for in data storage?

Technology advances exponentially every day. This means that every time they are there improvements in terms of applications and functionality of the device. The cost of these improvements is reflected in the increase in data storage.


Therefore, devices that have very limited data storage capacity will suffer 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 Android software due to lack of space. So on until it is completely obsolete. Well, these quantities help us understand a memory dimension in simpler terms. To assimilate more easily and without the need for complex conversions.

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