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Mb's To Gb's

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#1 C-info


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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:51 PM

I have been looking for a laptop just for checking my emails-downloading pictures and or songs-etc.
Nothing real important. I have a desktop for all bill paying and downloading for most things that I need to keep. I ran across one for sell thru a friend of mine . It has 256 in memory and 26 GB's. My sister has a laptop that is 512 in memory and 80 MB's. Which is bigger the MB's or the GB's?
Can anyone answer this for me please !!!


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Posted 07 December 2007 - 08:02 PM

One gigabyte is equal to 1,024 megabytes. Therefore GB is larger than MB. The one for sale is much 'smaller' than your sisters. Your sisters has twice the RAM(memory) and not quite 3 times the hard disk space (26 vs 80) in general terms. The 80 in GB not MB, I can assure you.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:00 PM

sorry, you are right. Looked up the info she sent to me and her laptop was 80 GB's. Thanks for the info....

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:02 PM

Megabyte is 1,000,000
Gigabyte is 1,000,000,000
Terabyte is 1,000,000,000,000


Maybe an external hard drive?(USB)

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 09:12 PM

Remember, it is all binary math, powers of two 2x2x2x2x2 etc

1 kilobyte is 1,024 bytes expressed in KB
I megabyte is 10 kilobytes 1,024,00 epressed in MB
I gigabyte is 10 kilobytes 1,024,000,000 expressed in GB

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:22 PM

The difficulty is that there is no single standard adhered to by all.

Memory capacity is quoted on a fully binary tree - binary Meg & Gig (Mebibytes & Gibibytes):


A binary megabyte (Mebibyte) is 2^20 bytes = 1,048,576 bytes

Hard drive manufacturers quote capacity based on decimal multiples - a megabyte is 1,000,000 bytes, etc.

The intermediate values eg a megabyte being 1000 KB (1,024,000 bytes) appear in some things like DOS disk utilities, where megabytes are calculated as decimal multiples of the 512 byte disk sector size (ie a megabyte is 2000 sectors).
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