Jun 19, 2023 | posted by Conner Williams

Tech Term of the Month - June 2023: bit vs. Byte

Two common terms in the tech world that often get confused in meaning are bits and Bytes.

A bit (b) is short for binary digit, and bits are most commonly used to measure the rate of data transfer, like when transferring files from a USB flash drive to a computer. In addition, most internet providers measure their internet speeds in Megabits per second (Mbps).

Bytes (B), on the other hand, are used to measure data capacity, like the size of a file or hard drive. 1 Byte equals 8 bits, and 1,000 Megabytes equals 8,000 Megabits.

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