|Quantities of bytes|
|SI prefixes||Binary prefixes|
|kilobyte (kB)||103||210||kibibyte (KiB)||210|
|megabyte (MB)||106||220||mebibyte (MiB)||220|
|gigabyte (GB)||109||230||gibibyte (GiB)||230|
|terabyte (TB)||1012||240||tebibyte (TiB)||240|
|petabyte (PB)||1015||250||pebibyte (PiB)||250|
|exabyte (EB)||1018||260||exbibyte (EiB)||260|
|zettabyte (ZB)||1021||270||zebibyte (ZiB)||270|
|yottabyte (YB)||1024||280||yobibyte (YiB)||280|
A yottabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one septillion (one long scale quadrillion or 1024) bytes. It is commonly abbreviated YB. At this time, no computer has one yottabyte of storage. Because of a traditional inconsistency, "yottabytes" are often intended to mean yobibytes in common speech. This usage is not recommended as it creates confusion (see below) and has been facing increasing opposition by many technical standards and legal entities in the past few years.
Because of irregularities in the definition and usage of terms for byte multiples, the exact number can be either one of the following:
- 1 septillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes which is 10008 or 1024
- 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 bytes which is 10248 or 280
Yottabyte can, in theory, store everything in the entire universe. Maybe even 3 uncompressed copies of the Yottbyte drive...