Byte

Definition(s)

  • A unit of measure consisting of eight bits that is the basic measurement of most computer data as multiples of the byte value. One million bytes are equivalent to a “megabyte” while one billion bytes is a “gigabyte.”  1
  • Eight bits.  2
  • A computer word or a sequence of bits used as one unit, usually eight bits long. In word processing, a single character, such as a letter, is usually one byte in size.  3
  • Eight bits. The ASCII standard to define letters, numbers and characters – maximum of 256. KB – Kilo-bytes, a thousand bytes (actually 2 10 or 1024 bytes). MB – Megabytes, a million bytes, (actually 2 20 or 1,024 KB or 1,048,576 bytes) GB – Gigabytes, a billion bytes (actually 2 30 or 1024 MB or 1,073,741,824 bytes).  4
  • Eight bits. A byte is a collection of bits used by computers to represent a character (i.e., “a”, “1”, or “&”). A “megabyte” is one million bytes or eight million bits or a “gigabyte” is one billion bytes or eight billion bits. 1 gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes. 1 terabyte = 1,000 gigabytes.  5
  • Standard unit of measure for computer storage. A byte is 8 bits (binary digits) and corresponds to about 1 English character.

Notes

  1. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  2. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  3. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  4. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
  5. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Termshttp://www.krollontrack.com/glossaryterms