# What is the difference between megabytes and mebibytes?

**What is the difference between bits and bytes?**

**Bits** (short for binary digits) are generally used to measure data transfer speeds in the binary system. It has a single numeric value, either 1 (one) or 0 (zero). A bit also can be represented by other values such as true/false, yes/no, on/off, plus/minus (+/−) etc. A bit is the smallest unit of information in computer technology and digital communication. And it is smaller than a byte. There are 0.125 bytes in 1 bit. That also means 1 bit equals to 0.125 bytes.

**Bytes** are mostly used in information and digital technology. And they are used to measure data storage. A byte is another small unit of digital information. On the other hand, 1 byte is larger than a bit. There are 8 bits in a byte. That also means 1 byte consists of 8 bits of data. The abbreviation of the byte is a capital B. And a lowercase b is the abbreviation of the bit.

**What is the difference between kilobytes and kibibytes?**

**Kilobytes** are commonly used to measure digital information such as text, sound, graphic, video and other kinds of information. The kilobyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information with SI decimal prefix Kilo. The abbreviation of the kilobyte is KB. There are 1,000 bytes in a kilobyte.

The kibibyte (short for kilo and binary) is a unit of digital information storage with IEC binary prefix Kibi. The abbreviation of the kibibyte is KiB.

The kibibyte was created by the *International Electrotechnical Commission* (IEC) in 1998 to replace the prefix "kilo”. According to this new standard, a kibibyte equals to 1,024 bytes.

Kilobyte and kibibyte are closely related to each other. 1 KB is equivalent to 0.9765625 KiB. That also means there are 0.9765625 kibibytes in a Kilobyte.

**What is the difference between megabytes and mebibytes?**

A megabyte is a unit of digital information and it is extensively used in the computer and information technology. The abbreviation of the megabyte is MB.

For example, the storage capacity of a CD is 700 MB. That means a CD-ROM can store about 700 MB digital information. One megabyte is equal to 1,000,000 bytes. You can also say that there are 1,000,000 (one million) bytes in one megabyte.

A **mebibyte** (short for mega and binary) is the unit of data with IEC binary prefix Mebi. The unit symbol of Mebibyte is MiB. The unit MiB was defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 1998. One mebibyte is equivalent to 1,048,576 bytes. And there are 0.95367431640625 MiB in one megabyte. Also, one mebibyte equals 1,024 kibibytes and one gibibyte equals 1,024 mebibytes.