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We’ve all heard of kilobytes and gigabytes, but what do they mean?
Storage capacity and file sizes can be confusing, but with our simple guide, we’ll be able to help you understand the difference.
Both file size and storage can be measured in the same way and are written from lowest to highest below, along with their abbreviated form:
But when comparing sizes with each other this is where is can become a little more confusing:
|8 bits||1 byte|
|1024 bytes||1 kilobyte|
|1024 kilobytes||1 megabyte|
|1024 megabytes||1 gigabyte|
|1024 gigabytes||1 terabyte|
|1024 terabytes||1 petabyte|
In most cases a storage device’s capacity or file size will be written in it’s simplest form, so will state 1 gigabyte rather than 1024 megabytes, although they are both the same.
When transferring files via email or even storing them on a memory stick, you can expect the following items to be the following sizes (compressed):
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