• How many bytes in megabytes?

Yuri Belousikov
February 24, 2015

At one time, the words "byte" and "kilobyte" were used much more often than today, because before that the files were much smaller. However, the question of how many bytes is in a megabyte can be asked by any PC user today, especially if he downloaded a lot of information and then wondered why his hard-disk space ran out so quickly. From our article you will find out how many bytes are contained in one megabyte.

How many bytes in 1 megabyte

In today's world, the volume of information is growing by leaps and bounds, in connection with which there is a constant increase in memory on flash drives, hard drives and other storage media. For the convenience of understanding the units of measurement we give the following list:

• 1 kilobyte contains 1024 bytes.
• 1 megabyte contains 1024 kilobytes or 1048576 B (bytes), that is 1 million 48 thousand 576 bytes.
• 1 gigabyte contains 1024 megabytes or 1048576 KB (kilobyte). In bytes, gigabytes can be expressed and even a fantastic number: 1 GB = 1073741824 B or 1 billion 73 million 741 thousand 824 bytes!

So, we received the answer to the main question of our article: 1048576 bytes of information are contained in one megabyte.An impressive figure, but is it really a lot? Let's just say: more than enough for most text documents, enough to keep a medium-sized photo in the computer’s memory and quite a few for various applications and games that already lack a gigabyte sometimes.

Probably, you may also be wondering why exactly 1024 bytes are contained in one kilobyte, but, for example, not 1000. The thing is that in computer terminology, numbers are represented differently, and here the binary number system is not decimal. For example, 1 kilobyte is 2 to the tenth power of a byte, which, respectively, is equal to the number 1024.

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