# The most commonly used units of data storage capacity

The most commonly used units of data storage capacity are decimal units such as kilobyte (KB), megabyte (MB), gigabyte (GB), and binary units like kibibyte (KiB), mebibyte (MiB), and gibibyte (GiB). These are used for expressing the size of data.

The smallest unit of data in a computer is a **bit** (short for *binary digit*). And it is represented by only with a 0 or a 1. A byte consists of 8 bits. The largest unit of storage in a computer is Geopbyte. One **geopbyte** is equal to a thousand brontobytes.

Let's check the other units of measurement in a computer, from the smallest to the biggest:

1 bit (b) = 0.125 bytes

1 byte (B) = 8 bits

1 kilobyte (KB) = 1000 bytes (in decimal), and 1024 Bytes (in binary)

1 megabyte (MB) = 1000 kilobytes (in decimal), and 1024 kilobytes (in binary)

1 gigabyte (GB) = 1000 megabytes (in decimal), and 1024 megabytes (in binary)

1 terabyte (TB) = 1000 gigabytes (in decimal), and 1024 gigabytes (in binary)

1 petabyte (PB) = 1000 terabytes (in decimal), and 1024 terabytes (in binary)

Thank you so much this information, it was just what I needed to know to manage my data usage which is normally expressed as megabytes but my data account shows the available or remaining data in gigabytes.

Much appreciated

Sue