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1,024 gigabytesOn a hard drive, a terabyte, abbreviated TB, is 1012 = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes of information. That is 1,024 times a gigabyte (GB) or 1,048,576 times a megabyte (MB), which is a million million bytes.

Among other things, a computer often uses one byte of space, in memory or on disk or tape, to represent one character (such as "c" or "&").

To think practically how much information a terabyte of disk space holds, let's assume we're storing text from magazine pages on a computer that does use one byte per character. At an average 5,000 characters per page, 1TB of disk space could hold 220 million pages of text!

Remember when 3.5" floppy diskettes were all the rage ?

It will take 728,178 of those disks to equal the storage capacity of a 1,024 gigabyte hard drive.
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