# How much is 5 GB?

Discussion in 'General Webmaster Support' started by PurgeandFire, Aug 31, 2007.

1. ### PurgeandFirezxcvmkgdfg

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Sorry, I'm kind of stupid. This goes in Webmaster general help because... Erm.. It has to do with disk space.

How much is 5 GB? Or better yet, 1 GB is equal to nMB. Where "n" is the amount of MB 1 GB is equal to.

2. ### GhanAdministrator - Servers are funStaff Member

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1 byte = 8 bits
1 KB = 1,024 bytes
1 MB = 1,048,576 bytes
1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes

Therefore, 5GB = 5,368,709,120 bytes

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1 gigabyte is a thousand megs.

4. ### GhanAdministrator - Servers are funStaff Member

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> 1 gigabyte is a thousand megs.

Well, roughly, yes.

But.
It's not exact.
It's just a frame of reference.
The byte system is based on powers of the base-2 binary number system.

So:

1 KB = 2^10 = 1,024 bytes
1 MB = 2^20 = 1,024 KB
1 GB = 2^30 = 1,024 MB = 1,048,576 KB

5. ### phyrex1anStaff Member and irregular helperStaff Member

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We should also not that it is not a standard that the SI prefixes are always binary prefixes in the computer world. In some cases it's even mixed.

>The byte system is based on powers of the base-2 binary number system.
For discs it's more often power of 10 based than not, for memory it's the other way around. The only time you can be sure that they mean binary prefixes is when they use Ki, Mi, Gi, ect.

Also, it's not really important how many bytes a GB are. The numbers doesn't make much sense to us anyway. Try saying to someone that you can store a ASCII text file with ~100 000 000 000 characters on a 100GB disc and see there face turn into a ? while they try to imagine a book with that many characters. Then say that you can store ~20 DVD movies on a 100GB disc and they seem to understand a little better. Humans doesn't understand huge numbers

5GB is plenty of space if you are creating a static web page or a web page with just some text in database. If you are creating a file sharing page (as in pictures or move clips) then 5GB will run out fast, assuming that your page is used ofc...

6. ### AndrewgosuThe Silent Pandaren HelperStaff Member

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Wow, I forgot what the question was in the first place...

7. ### 13lade619is now a game developer :)

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ooh... i never knew that until now

8. ### SFilipGone but not forgotten

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According to SI:
1 Gigabyte = 1000 Megabytes
1 Gibibyte = 1024 Mebibytes
However Gigabyte is usually used where Gibibyte is supposed to be so you are safe to say it's always 1024. Take note though that HDD manufacturers always use SI gigabytes to measure the size. This is why a "100GB" HDD will always appear as ~93 when you put it in.

Either way in terms of webhosting 5GB is A LOT.

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Umm, in terms of web hosting 5 gigabytes is alot if that is storage space allowed (how much disk available for files on the server). However, 5 gigabytes is not alot when you are talking about bandwidth (how much data is allowed to be passed a month). 5 gigabyte will be enough for most small sites but any site with any significant amount of visits will go over that limit real quick.

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10. ### PineappleJust Smile.

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1 Nibble = 4 Bytes
1 byte = 8 bits
1 KB = 1,024 bytes
1 MB = 1,048,576 bytes
1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes

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11. ### GhanAdministrator - Servers are funStaff Member

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> For discs it's more often power of 10 based than not, for memory it's the other way around.

You mean they change it up on us? How rude....

> 1 Nibble = 4 Bytes

I think the nibble is four bits, actually. Not bytes. Though, I have no idea what a nibble would be used for.

> According to SI:
1 Gigabyte = 1000 Megabytes
1 Gibibyte = 1024 Mebibytes

That seems very odd. Why do you need two systems? I think the whole thing needs redoing.

> in terms of web hosting 5 gigabytes is alot if that is storage space allowed

I'm surprised. 5 GB is not a whole lot in today's world anymore....

12. ### sqrageModeratorStaff Member

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>> I'm surprised. 5 GB is not a whole lot in today's world anymore....

Well what do you need on a server?

Just a forum system and a DB, that doesn't take up nearly as much space as installing 20 apps and a few video games, like you would on a desktop.

But whether or not 5gb is a lot really depends on what your site is for...if it's for hosting videos, it is definitely very little.

13. ### SFilipGone but not forgotten

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> Why do you need two systems?
Read the "HDD manufacturers" thing from the same post. Best way of getting ripped off.
Overall confusion is nice too

> I think the whole thing needs redoing.
It already suffered one when they figured it's unusual for "kilo" to be 1024 as opposed to 1000 everywhere else.

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14. ### PurgeandFirezxcvmkgdfg

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Yea, it is the storage space allowed. I think the Bandwith is 50 GB.

Rofl... Yea, and its "bits"... But still, rofl.

Psshhh... Like I would use a webhost to host videos. Besides, you can always link to the video or whatever.

Yea, I started to drift away from it after a while.

Damn you SFilip, you always make me feel like a 3 year old.

15. ### MeRcChRiS.

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16. ### PurgeandFirezxcvmkgdfg

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Thanx! I googled something like that but I got spam results.

17. ### w/eBoaroceraptorasaurus-Rex

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You're forgetting what's after GBs.

Terabytes
Petabytes
Exabytes
Zettabytes

18. ### SFilipGone but not forgotten

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So basically its 1,250,000,000 nibbles!

20. ### PurgeandFirezxcvmkgdfg

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You forgot the last one.

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