Infographic: Data Sizes

Whenever we discuss quantities of data, we tend to do it in the abstract. We speak of a kilobyte, or a megabyte or a gigabyte without really knowing what it represents.

Based on content found at the website of James S. Huggins, this infographic enumerates the metric system names we use to measure data storage sizes. Also included are various common items that are measured in data terms- they are scattered throughout the graphic, placed relative to their average size. Perhaps this will help give some perspective to how big (or small) some of these terms we use are.

Infographic based on data from James S. Huggins: How Much Data is That?

From James S. Huggins – How Much Data is That?

Infographic: The Relative Sizes of Data – Physical, Digital, Organic

This infographic was done by the Information is Beautiful Studio for BBC Future. It show the various relationships of sizes between mechanisms of storing data- analog or physical, digital and organic.

From Megabytes to Gigabytes to Terabytes to Petabytes to Zettabytes to Yottabytes, it is interesting to see how the incredibly small is able to contain as much ‘information’ as the very large.

Examples given range from a strand of DNA containing as much ‘information’ as a 1TB hard disk, a human zygote being able to transport as much ‘information’ as the contents of Wikipedia up to the sum of all microbes on the Earth containing as much ‘information’ as 10,000 Yottabytes- an unfathomable amount.

From Information is Beautiful Studio - Bytes Sized: Sizing Up Storage Capacities

From Information is Beautiful Studio – Bytes Sized: Sizing Up Storage Capacities

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