Thursday, January 6, 2011

Word of the Day - 'Zettabytes'

Continuing my quest to learn a new word daily... today's new word comes from my operating spec of my 3TB drive. Seagate's modified the GUID partition table to now support drives up to 8 "Zettabytes" (10 to the 21st power) ... be the first kid on the block to own a Zettabyte drive..

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes = 10007, or 1021.

Ok that seems like a large number... Lets see what happens if at birth my parents gave me a 1080p HD camera and say I live to 95years and I never turned it off and recorded my entire life in HD...

Data Facts

Assume my HD video recording is compressed to 1Meg Bytes per second

1 year = 31,556,926 seconds

95 years = 2,997,907,970 seconds * 1Meg of video per second = 2,997,907,970,000,000megs of video of my entire life in HD video.

or 3 PetaBytes of HD Video Data. Pretty cool my entire life captured in HD video would fit on a 3petabyte drive.... though the first and last 10 years might be a little boring...

With a 1 ZettaByte disk-drive you could HD record the entire lives of 333,566 different people....

Or I would need 17,988 ZettaByte Drives to record all 6 Billion People for their entire life.... these are your fun facts for the word of the day....

more storage...

"In this information age, we already know there's a lot of data hanging around – but scientists have now quantified this, saying that until 2007 there were 295 exabytes of data.

An exabyte is a billion gigabytes and 295 of them equates to more data than it's worth comprehending."

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