Small Think Not Yotta is!



Whoa! Yeah, I know the name of the little guy on the left is Yoda !

But Yotta is the subject of this post.

You have never heard of  yotta?  In the next 3 to 4 years you will hear it mentioned a lot. What is it? It  is an order of magnitude for data.

Was that an airplane that went over our heads? Ok bear with me here.

There are orders of magnitude for everything, liquid (quarts, gallon,barrels) weight (ounces, pounds, tones), but what about data?

How do you measure your memory and hard drive? in inches? feet? yards? Of course not! It is measured by a different standard of measurement that was designed just for data.  

To make everything simple I will assemble the orders of magnitude in powers of ten with examples.  So let’s start at the beginning shall we.

1 byte (8 bits) a single character



10 bytes a single wordspaghetti 

(hey I’m hungry 🙂 )

100 bytes  a telegram





1 Kilobyte (1000 bytes) the text from one of Aesop’s Fables





2 kilobytes (2000 bytes) a fully typewritten page

800px-typehey, no laughing! I still got one of these, and I know how to use it! 🙂


 10 kilobytes (10,000 bytes) an encyclopedia page


 I got a set of these too!



100 kilobytes (100,000 bytes) a fax page


I do not have one of these!

I have two. 🙂


 1 Megabyte (1,000,000 bytes) a small novel or a 3.5 inch floppy disk


Yep we got these too but I will not tell you how many 🙂



5 Megabytes (5,000,000 bytes) the complete works of  Shakespeare or 30 seconds of TV quality video.


I got this in book form, somehow it doesn’t seem right reading Shakespeare from a computer monitor.



10 Megabytes (10,000,000 bytes) a digital chest X-ray or 1 minute of high fidelity sound.


No this is not me, I am much more beautiful on the inside 🙂



100 Megabytes (100,000,000 bytes) one meter of shelved books


I got more than a meter of shelved books.

Hey I’m a book freak!


500 Megabytes (500,000,000 bytes) the average size of the harddrive in a PC about 6 years ago.


Yes a few of our cutomers still have these in their computers and a 250 meg  YES,  I am encouraging them to upgrade! 



 1 Gigabyte (1,000,000,000 bytes) a pickup trucked filled with typed paper or a symphony in high-fidelity sound or a movie at TV quality.



Its still one of my favorites!


 2 Gigabytes 20 meters of shelved books


 My wall of books looks better!



50 Gigabytes library floor of Book cases


What my house would look like if it wasn’t for my wife!


500 Gigabytes the size of the PC computers hard drive for the Dual Core Processors 2008


I’m getting me one of these, maybe two!



1 Terabyte (1,000,000,000,000 bytes) all the X-ray films in a large technological hospital OR 50,000 trees made into paper and printed OR the Daily rateof NASA’s Earth Observation System data from all the sensors and satellites.



this is the coolest thing about technology!


10 Terabytes (10,000,000,000,000 bytes) The printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress



This is a WOW !!


750 Terabytes (750,000,000,000,000 bytes) 2 years of accumulated data from NASA’s Earth Observation System.



That IS allot !


 1 Petabyte (1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) 3 years of accumulated data from NASA’s Earth Observation system.

2 Petabytes ALL the US academic research libraries



Ow ! I think I stretched a brain cell !


20 Petabytes Total accumulated storage for all hard drives produced in 1995





200 Petabytes ALL the printed material in existence!



Ow! there goes another brain cell!


1 Exabyte (1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) is 50,000 years of DVD quality video

5 Exabytes (5,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) ALL the words ever spoken by a human being in text.




9 Exabytes (9,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) to store all the U.S. telephone calls each year!


I don’t think that there is much in cell phone communication that is of value to record.



160 Exabytes (160,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of digital data was created, captured and replicated worldwide in 2006!





1.8 Zetabytes (1,800,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) estimated by 2011 the total amount of electronic data in existence

42 Zetabytes (42,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) ALL human speech ever spoken if digitized as 16 kHz 16-bit audio files





1 Yotabyte (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) total amount of on line data assessable for the year 2010 at the present rate of growth!

What is after that ?

That’s it. There is none greater than yotta!

The FORCE of the whole electronic storage and all data through out the world is in yotta! Yotta is the final the ultimate the master of data!

Master Yotta!



One Response to Small Think Not Yotta is!

  1. Fred says:

    Wow!! That is some cool info!

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