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    Question mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    Hi,

    is it possible to say This hard disk has ten giga or This takes up 3 mega or is it necessary to use the full word gigabyte and megabyte?

    Thanks

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    Re: mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    Hi ophiuchus

    As a NES, but not a teacher, I would personally use 10 Gig or 5 Meg as the short forms for 10Gb & 5Mb respectively.

    Others may respond differently.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    I agree with Route21. "Gig", "Gigs", "Meg", "Megs" all are heard. Never "giga" or "mega" without saying "byte".

    Of course, "tera" is quite popular in reference to hard disk size... :)

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    Re: mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    Be careful with capitalisation. M = Mega; m = milli; B = Byte; b = bit
    MB - Megabyte
    GB - Gigbyte
    Mbps - megabits per sec.
    mB - millibytes
    mb - millibits


    New IEC Standard
    bit bit 0 or 1
    byte B 8 bits
    kibibit Kibit 1024 bits
    kilobit kbit 1000 bits
    kibibyte (binary) KiB 1024 bytes
    kilobyte (decimal) kB 1000 bytes
    megabit Mbit 1000 kilobits
    mebibyte (binary) MiB 1024 kibibytes
    megabyte (decimal) MB 1000 kilobytes
    gigabit Gbit 1000 megabits
    gibibyte (binary) GiB 1024 mebibytes
    gigabyte (decimal) GB 1000 megabytes
    terabit Tbit 1000 gigabits
    tebibyte (binary) TiB 1024 gibibytes
    terabyte (decimal) TB 1000 gigabytes
    petabit Pbit 1000 terabits
    pebibyte (binary) PiB 1024 tebibytes
    petabyte (decimal) PB 1000 terabytes
    exabit Ebit 1000 petabits
    exbibyte (binary) EiB 1024 pebibytes
    exabyte (decimal) EB 1000 petabytes
    Conversion Calculator Bit Byte Kilobyte Megabyte Gigabyte Terabyte Petabyte Exabyte

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    Re: mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    Hi Raymott

    Many thanks for sharing the new system - I'd no idea it was coming! When does it come into effect, if it hasn't already!

    Will suppliers have to quote sizes in both terms for a lengthy period of time whilst people get used to it?

    I suspect it will leave many people, expecially those on sites like this who may be struggling with English already, extremely confused and they will stick to the old nomenclature!

    Best regards
    R21

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    Re: mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    Thank you everyone!!

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    Re: mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Hi Raymott

    Many thanks for sharing the new system - I'd no idea it was coming! When does it come into effect, if it hasn't already!

    Will suppliers have to quote sizes in both terms for a lengthy period of time whilst people get used to it?

    I suspect it will leave many people, expecially those on sites like this who may be struggling with English already, extremely confused and they will stick to the old nomenclature!

    Best regards
    R21
    I don't know. I just copied the page. The main point was that, even if you see Mb in ads for computers, the proper term has always been MB.

    I guess in popular usage, kilobyte is always going to mean 1000 bytes or 1024 (2^10) bytes depending on the context. Same with the others. This is only important in specialised areas in the IT field where you really need to know if 1000 or 1024 is meant. When I was studying IT about 8 years ago, these terms were around, but we never used to talk about 'kibibytes', etc, unless we were being pretentious or pedantic. And I'd never do that!

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    Re: mega(byte) - giga(byte)

    Giving it a dumb name doesn't help. I think something like "commercial" or "consumer" versus "mathematical" would be a useful adjective for kilobyte when a distinction would need to be named.

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