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Gigabytes, Megabytes, and Kilobytes (GB, MB, KB)

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These terms refer to the size of a given file.

A byte is a single unit of computer data. Since computers deal in large volumes of data we use a decimalized system of naming file sizes. A giga-byte (also called a gig) is 1 billion bytes, a mega-byte (also called a meg) is 1 million bytes, and a kilo-byte (sometimes simply called k) is 1000 bytes.

It is a good practice when writing for the web to state the type and size of a file if it is available for download. For example a document that is 138,000 bytes should be labelled as 138Kb and a file that is 1,451,216 bytes should be labelled 1.45 Mb.

by samk last modified 2007-01-22 18:20
Contributors: Sam Knox
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