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How many byes are in a terabyte?

Asked by ronricco (1points) August 29th, 2007
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sferik's avatar

According to the SI standard and current usage, a terabyte contains 1 trillion bytes.

Modern_Classic's avatar

There is a debate here. For starters, a Kilobyte is either 1000 Bytes or, more accurately, 1024 Bytes. (two to the eight power, 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2). A Megabyte is either a Million Bytes, or digitally, 2 to the 10th or 1,048,576 Bytes. And a Gigbyte is 2 to the 30th. (1,073,741,824). So without totally nerding out, the question is do we count RAM/HD storage digitally or approximately? Since a Byte itself is 8 bits, a digital unit, I vote for counting by powers of 2. OTOH, I think in terms of the approximations.

Perchik's avatar

Well I will answer the same way I do for every other conversion question.

Google it

Google has a great converter that will do almost any conversions.

You gotta click the link and find out for yourself. :D

gooch's avatar

its a trillion. You don’t have to google it thats why we are here.

Perchik's avatar

It’s not a trillion and it’s not why I’m here. Google does all kinds of conversions, that’s one of it’s many functions

gooch's avatar

@ perchik its pretty close. Unless you want to type out all 13 digits. I am sure he is just looking for a ball park number. Like a megabyte is not exactly 1000 bytes but in quick figures it figures out as such…..and by the way why are you here?

gopherlynda's avatar

oooo drama!!!!

sferik's avatar

This is actually just a difference between the SI standard, which defines a terabyte as 10^12 bytes and binary arithmetic, which defines it as 2^40 bytes. To avoid confusion, the latter value is now know as a tebibyte (TiB).

Google performs this calculation correctly.

Modern_Classic's avatar

Now that’s arcane! And very interesting.

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