A byte is a term first coined by Werner Buchholz in 1956 and later became more of a standard thanks to Bob Bemer and others. A byte is a unit of memory data equal to either seven or eight bits depending on whether or not it needs error correction (parity). You can think of a byte as one letter, for example, the letter 'h' is one byte or eight bits and the word 'hope' as four bytes or 32 bits (4*8).
When looking at the size of a file, a byte is the smallest measurement size listed in operating systems. However, because most files are bigger than 1,024 bytes (one kilobyte), most users see small files listed in kilobytes.
A byte is spelled as "byte" and never as "bite."
How large is a byte?
The size of a byte depends on the computer hardware. Usually, it's eight bits. However, the size of a byte is not defined by any standard.
Assuming you used the de facto standard of eight bits in one byte, you could calculate the bits of a document by multiplying its byte size by eight. For example, if you had a text document that was 1,432 bytes you'd use: 1,432 * 8 to get a total of 11,456 bits.
Characters in a binary byte
What unit comes before a byte?
A nibble (typically four bits) comes before a byte.
What unit comes after a byte?
Converting bytes to another unit of data
Below is a listing of byte values in comparison to other units of measurements.
|Byte in a Bit (b)||0.125|
|Byte in a Nibble (N)||0.5|
|Byte in a Byte (B)||1|
|Bytes in a Kilobit (Kb)||125|
|Bytes in a Kilobyte (KB)||1,000|
|Bytes in a Kibibit (Kib)||128|
|Bytes in a Kibibyte (KiB)||1,024|
|Bytes in a Megabit (Mb)||131,072|
|Bytes in a Megabyte (MB)||1,000,000|
|Bytes in a Mebibit (Mib)||131,072|
|Bytes in a Mebibyte (MiB)||1,048,576|
|Bytes in a Gigabit (Gb)||125,000,000|
|Bytes in a Gigabyte (GB)||1,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Gibibit (Gib)||134,200,000|
|Bytes in a Gibibyte (GiB)||1,073,741,824|
|Bytes in a Terabit (Tb)||125,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Terabyte (TB)||1,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Tebibit (Tib)||1,099,511,627,776|
|Bytes in a Tebibyte (TiB)||1,099,511,627,776|
|Bytes in a Petabit (Pb)||125,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Petabyte (PB)||1,000,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Pebibit (Pib)||140,700,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Pebibyte (PiB)||1,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in an Exabit (Eb)||125,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in an Exabyte (EB)||1,152,921,504,606,846,976|
|Bytes in an Exbibit (Eib)||144,115,188,000,000,000|
|Bytes in an Exbibyte (EiB)||1,152,921,504,606,846,976|
|Bytes in a Zettabyte (ZB)||1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Yottabyte (YB)||1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000|