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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Data Storage To start = there are two different forms of measuring hard disk space The first system works by multiples of twoEx. 1 kilobyte = 1024 megabytes The second system works by multiples of tenEx. 1 kilobyte = 1000 megabytes The first way of measuring is mostly used by processors or virtual storage. The second is used by hard disk manufacturers. For our purposes, we will be using the 10's system Green = gigabyte Red = megabyte Yellow = kilobyte Amount of bits in a single x Max Stratmann / Computers 9 Period 6 Disk Storage· 1 Bit = Binary Digit· 8 Bits = 1 Byte· 1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte · 1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte · 1000 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte · 1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte · 1000 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte · 1000 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte· 1000 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte · 1000 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte · 1000 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte· 1000 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte Part I: Proportions in Data Storage Fun Fact: 1 gigabyte = 8000000000 bits. If you were to count that, it would take you about a minute until you give up. Part II: What do these bits even mean? At this point you must be asking yourself: "What do these bits even mean?"Well, it's time for some examples. This beautiful picture of a waterfall is 274,028 bytes (274 kilobytes) Youtube videos have a 4.5 Megabit/second bitrate in 1080p. This means that every second of video takes up half a megabyte of storage. However, most modern internet connections run higher than 1 megabyte per second. However, this picture has been compressed. Most uncompressed pictures weigh 1-2 megabytes. The average movie takes up 15-25GB lasting 2 hours. The word document where I had my research weighs 86 kilobytes. And now for the extremes: Many modern hard driveshave 1-2 terabytes storage A petabyte can store the DNA of everyone in the US, twice. 672 Exabytes = Total accessible data on the Internet1+ Yottabyte = Total data stored on the InternetAs for the Brontobytes and Petabytes, we have no idea. Sources: Calculator
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