This section of LinuxScrew contains various conversions and calculations for converting between different data units, such as bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, and others.
If you’re looking to convert between common data units, this section of the provides links to all the conversion tables and calculators that you’ll need. We also allow users to convert between various data transfer rates, including Mbps and Gbps. Decimal and binary calculations are included in all conversions.
Below, you can find a table of the common data units and their conversion to bytes. If you click the subheading, you will be taken to a page that includes a calculator to convert the unit into other data units,
Decimal Data Unit Conversion
The decimal system is the most common way of representing data. One byte contains 8 bits; one kilobyte (KB) equals 1,000 bytes or 103; a megabyte (MB) equals 1 million bytes or 106.
An SSD hard disk drive can transfer data at a speed of around 6 Gbps (6 gigabits per second)
Binary Data Unit Conversion
Binary data units are based on powers of two rather than ten, like decimal units. These binary data units are known as IEC Prefix data units.
One kibibyte (KiB) equals 1,024 bytes or 210; one mebibyte (MiB) equals 1,048,576 bytes or 220.
Kibibyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to 1,024 bytes(210)
Kilobytes are sometimes confused with kibibytes because both units have the “kilo” prefix.
But kilobytes refer to 1,000 bytes in decimal, while kibibytes refer to 1,024 bytes in binary.
Mebibyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to 1,048,576 bytes (220)
Mebibytes are sometimes confused with megabytes because both units have the “mega” prefix.
But megabytes refer to 1 million bytes in decimal while mebibytes refer to 1,048,576 bytes in binary
Gibibyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes (230)
Gigabytes are sometimes confused with gibibytes because both units have the “giga” prefix.
But gigabytes refer to 1 billion bytes in decimal while gibibytes refer to 1,073,741,824 in binary
Tebibyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to 1,099,511,627,776 bytes (240)
Terabytes are sometimes confused with tebibytes, but terabytes refer to 1 trillion bytes in decimal while tebibytes refer to 1,099,511,627,776 in binary
Data Transfer Rates
Data transfer rates are the speeds at which data can be moved from one location to another. Common data transfer rates are kbps (Kilobits per second) and Mbps (Megabits per second). It is more common to refer to transfer rates as units of bits, rather than units of bytes.
kbps (Kilobits per second)
kbps stands for “kilobits per second” and is a unit of data transfer rate
One kilobit equals 1,000 bits (decimal) or 1,024 bits (binary).
So, if you see something like “128 kbps,” that means the transfer speed is 128 Kilobits per second.
Mbps (Megabits per second)
Mbps stands for “megabits per second” and is a unit of data transfer rate
One megabit equals 1,000 kilobits (decimal) or 1,024 kilobits (binary).
So if you see something like “12 Mbps,” that means the transfer speed is 12 Megabits per second.
Gbps (Gigabits per second)
Gbps stands for “gigabits per second” and is a unit of data transfer rate
One gigabit equals 1,000 megabits (decimal) or 1,024 megabits (binary).
So if you see something like “1 Gbps,” that means the transfer speed is one Gigabit per second.
KB/s (Kilobytes per second)
KB/s stands for “kilobytes per second” and is a unit of data transfer rate
One kilobyte equals 8 kilobits.
So if you see something like “128 KB/s,” that means the transfer speed is 128 Kilobytes per second.
MB/s (Megabytes per second)
MB/s stands for “megabytes per second” and is a unit of data transfer rate
One megabyte equals 8 megabits
So if you see something like “12 MB/s,” that means the transfer speed is 12 Megabytes per second.
GB/s (Gigabytes per second)
GB/s stands for “gigabytes per second” and is a unit of data transfer rate
One gigabyte equals 8 gigabits
So if you see something like “2 GB/s,” that means the transfer speed is 2 Gigabytes per second.
The Most Common Data Units
The three most common data units are kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes. Each of these is explained in further detail below:
Kilobytes (KB) refer to a unit of digital information that equals 1,024 bytes in a computer’s binary system. It is often used as a measurement for the size of computer files such as images and text files.
You can use our tool if you are hoping to convert Kilobytes to Bytes.
Megabytes (MB) refers to a unit of digital information that equals 1,024 kilobytes or 1,048,576 bytes in a computer’s binary system. It is commonly used as a measurement for file sizes, especially video and audio files, as well as smaller hard drive capacities.
For example, an MP3 song typically requires about 5 megabytes of storage space on your device’s memory or disk-based music player in order to be stored properly without losing quality during playback.
If you are hoping to convert from Megabytes to Kilobytes, then please check out our tool.
Gigabytes (GB) refers to 1024 megabytes in a computer’s binary system. It is used commonly to measure data storage capacity. For example, a standard 4 GB USB flash drive can store around 2 hours of high-definition video footage or approximately 800 high-resolution digital photos.
You can convert Gigabytes to Megabytes easily using our special tool.
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