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How Big is Your Byte?

Bits, Bytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes, Terabytes… someday might there even be an “Infinibyte?”  All these terms, and more, are used to describe data storage space on a disk.  The amount of storage space used by computer files continues to rise.  At data’s most basic level a bit is the amount of space needed to store a single binary digit, a 0 or a 1, and is the smallest unit of data that a computer uses. In the 1950s and 60s, when computer data transmission was in its infancy, the use of 8-bit codes (octets) for digital telephony was eventually adopted as the basic data unit of the early Internet.  And from there general-purpose computer designs have used eight bits, or 1 byte, as the standard data storage measure. Here is a list of all data storage measures*: 1 Bit = 1 Binary Digit 8 Bits = 1 Byte 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte 1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte 1024 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte 1024 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte 1024 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte 1024 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte 1024 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte To put all these terms in some sort of perspective, let’s look at it this way: 100 bytes = an average sentence 100 kilobytes = an average page in a word document 100 megabytes = a volume or two of an encyclopedia 1 gigabyte = about 10 yards of books lined up on a shelf 10 terabytes = the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress 1 petabyte = 20 million 4-door filing cabinets or 500 billion pages of text 5 exabytes = all the of the words ever spoken by mankind (or so it is estimated) 1 zettabyte = there is no comparison to what this could hold 1 yottabyte = the amount of information currently on the entire Web 1 brontobyte = bigger than a brontosaurus, it’s a 1 followed by 27 zeroes 1 geopbyte = 152,676,504,600,228,322,940,124,967,031,205,376 bytes! *Source: So back to that "infinibyte", would that be the size of the entire universe or beyond?