What is a byte

Abbreviation for binary term, a unit of storage capable of holding a single character. On almost all modern computers, a byte is equal to 8 bits. Large amounts of memory are indicated in terms of kilobytes (1,024 bytes), megabytes (1,048,576 bytes), and gigabytes (1,073,741,824 bytes). A disk that can hold 1.44 megabytes, for example, is capable of storing approximately 1.4 million characters, or about 3,000 pages of information.

TERM            ABBR        APPROXIMATE        ACTUAL

Byte                                 1 byte                     1 byte

Kilobyte         k, kb         1,000 bytes         1,024 bytes

Megabyte     m, mb     1,000,000 bytes     1,048,576 bytes

Gigabyte       g, gb     1,000,000,000 bytes     1,073,741,824 bytes

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