One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A unit of information equal to one billion (10⁹) or, strictly, 2³⁰ bytes.
- ‘We used to measure data in terms of kilobytes and megabytes; now gigabytes and terabytes are the terms commonly discussed.’
- ‘Hard disk capacity is measured in gigabytes - a gigabyte being roughly 1,000 megabytes.’
- ‘The resulting data warehouse filled 250 gigabytes of storage, and grows daily.’
- ‘I am sure there must be millions like me who are mystified by bytes, megabytes, gigabytes or whatever they are called.’
- ‘That can add up to hundreds or thousands of additional gigabytes of disk storage.’
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