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How storage space is calculated in Jottacloud
How storage space is calculated in Jottacloud

Learn how Jottacloud calculates storage space

Updated over a week ago

Did you know that a GB isn't always a GB?

When we talk about GB (gigabytes), we're usually referring to a unit of storage space that equals 1 billion bytes. However, sometimes people use a different unit called GiB (gibibytes), which equals 1,073,741,824 bytes.

GB (gigabytes) is a decimal system, and GiB (gibibytes) is a binary system, thus they are two different ways to calculate storage space.

Jottacloud previously used both of these, but starting in May 2023, we will only use GB (where 1 GB equals 1 billion bytes). This is the most common storage measurement, and is in the process of being established as a standard in line with the International System of Units (SI system).

Note that some other software, such as Windows, still uses GiB (gibibytes) to measure storage space. This can be confusing since the exact same amount of storage can be displayed differently depending which software you use.

For example, if you've purchased a hard drive with 1 TB storage space and plug it in your Windows computer, it will show 931 GB available instead of 1 TB. But if you plug it a Mac, it will show 1 TB. This is simply because Windows use GiB and Mac use GB.

If you want to learn more about how storage space is calculated, and about binary vs decimal systems, we recommend checking out this Wikipedia page on binary prefixes.

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