Hard Drive / Storage Capacities

8 bits ( Binary Digit ) = 1 Byte ; A bit is the smallest piece of computer information. For example, the word "cat" has three characters, and it would be represented by three bytes. Or, for example, if I type "Love & War", I have typed in 10 bytes (7 letters, 1 symbol, 2 spaces). Special formatting codes such as Bold, Italics, or Underline add bytes to the document, as well as different fonts or font sizes.

The above paragraph uses 20KB of space in a Word document.

1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte ( KB )

1000 KB = 1 Megabyte ( MB )

1000 MB = 1 Gigabyte ( GB )

How big is a Megabyte ?

WAV music sound files are about 11 Megabytes a minute meaning a three minute hit takes up 33 Megabytes. Mp3 encoding cuts this to less than 1/10 of the size taking about 1 Megabyte a minute.

A video file size of 8.5 megabytes - run time is 1 minute 38 seconds.

This picture of Vermont is 188 KB