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Storage 101 to Post-Grad in a Flash

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Everyone knows what a terabyte of data is, don't they?  Surprisingly, it has got very difficult to come up with anything solid on what a terabyte really is when it comes to discussing storage - is it the raw capacity stated on the drive; is it the available capacity after formating; is it the effective capacity only seen when data is written to it? This is further confused when there are two different terabytes - the one that older storage admins are used to (1024 to the power 4 -now called a tebibyte) and the one that is now taught (1000 to the power 4). This gives an almost 10% difference in stated storage capacity before we start...