A data storage converter is a tool that converts data storage units from one format into another. It can convert data storage values expressed in various units such as bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes, and exabytes. The ability to convert data units is especially helpful when working with different devices or systems that use different storage unit measurements or when trying to compare storage capacities.
Data storage converters allow you to input a value in one unit and convert that value into other units. The converter then calculates the equivalent value in the target unit using standardized conversion factors.
To start, type the desired value in the Size of Data field and select the origin unit in the From (Unit) drop-down menu. Click the Convert button to convert the value into other data units.
Data storage is calculated based on the International System of Units (SI) or the binary system. Converting data units involves multiplying or dividing the original value by the appropriate conversion factors to obtain the equivalent value in the target unit.
Here's a quick overview of the most common data storage units and their conversion factors:
|Data Unit||Conversion Value|
|Byte (B)||The base unit of data storage, representing a single character or 8 bits.|
|Kilobyte (KB)||1 KB = 1024 Bytes (binary) or 1000 Bytes (SI, also called decimal)|
|Megabyte (MB)||1 MB = 1024 KB (binary) or 1000 KB (SI)|
|Gigabyte (GB)||1 GB = 1024 MB (binary) or 1000 MB (SI)|
|Terabyte (TB)||1 TB = 1024 GB (binary) or 1000 GB (SI)|
|Petabyte (PB)||1 PB = 1024 TB (binary) or 1000 TB (SI)|
|Exabyte (EB)||1 EB = 1024 TB (binary) or 1000 TB (SI)|
For example, to convert 5 GB to MB using the binary system:
So, 5 GB is equivalent to 5120 MB in the binary system.