Megabyte, Gigabyte…Then What?


In the 80’s, megabytes seemed huge. In the ’90’s, gigabytes seemed enormous.

Today, petabytes seem gigantic…

Here’s what’s ahead (fun facts and the conversion table are after the jump)…

1. Byte
2. Kilobyte
3. Megabyte
4. Gigabyte
5. Terabyte
6. Exabyte
7. Petabyte
8. Yottabyte
9. Xonabyte
10. Wekabyte
11. Vundabyte


Bear in mind that Xonabyte, Wekabyte and Vundabyte are projected – they are not official at this time.



1 Bit
1 Byte
1 Kilobyte
1 Megabyte
1 Gigabyte
1 Terabyte
1 Petabyte
1 Exabyte
1 Zettabyte
1 Yottabyte
1 Xonabyte
1 Wekabyte
1 Vundabyte

.125 byte
1 byte
1,024 bytes
1,048,576 bytes
1,073,741,824 bytes
1,099,511,627,776 bytes
1,125,899,906,842,624 bytes
1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes
1,180,591,620,717,411,303,424 bytes
1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 bytes
1,237,940,039,285,380,274,899,124,224 bytes
1,267,650,600,228,229,401,496,703,205,376 bytes
1,298,074,214,633,706,907,132,624,082,305,024 bytes

1 bit
8 bits
8,192 bits
8,388,608 bits
8,589,934,592 bits
8,796,093,022,208 bits
9,007,199,254,740,992 bits
9,223,372,036,854,775,808 bits
9,444,732,965,739,290,427,392 bits
9,671,406,556,917,033,397,649,408 bits
9,903,520,314,283,042,199,192,993,792 bits
10,141,204,801,825,835,211,973,625,643,008 bits
10,384,593,717,069,655,257,060,992,658,440,192 bits

 
 
What can these byte sizes store?

1 Bit =
1 Byte =
5 Megabytes =
2 Gigabytes =
10 Terabytes =
200 Petabytes =
5 Exabytes =
A binary decision between 1 or 0 (yes or no)
A character
Shakespeare’s complete works
20 meters of books
All the text in the books of the US Library of Congress
All printed material on Earth
All words ever spoken by human beings

The combined space of all computer hard drives in the world was estimated at approximately 160 exabytes in 2006. As of 2009, the entire Internet was estimated to contain close to 500 exabytes.

As of 2011, no storage system has achieved one zettabyte of information.

A yottabyte is a unit of information equal to one septillion bytes – one quadrillion gigabytes.


And, finally, albeit only marginally tangential to the subject of impressively big numbers, an old George W. Bush joke:

    President Bush was grief-stricken when informed that three Brazilians had just been killed.
    Holding back tears, the president turned to his aide and asked “How many millions is that?”

 

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2 Comments to “Megabyte, Gigabyte…Then What?”

  1. your table below is correct but you have 6. Exabyte
    7. Petabyte backwards above should be
    6. Petabyte 7. Exabyte

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