What Is A Data Byte?

Data Byte Defined

A data byte is a unit of measurement that contains eight bits, or a series of eight zeros and ones.  A byte can be represented as a character such as a number, letter or typographic symbol.

Each byte can hold a string of bits that need to be used in a larger unit for application purposes. A bit is the smallest unit of data in a computer and has a single binary value. Depending on the capabilities, some computer processors can handle two-byte or single-byte instructions.

There are nine types of bytes.

  • Byte
  • Kilobyte
  • Megabyte
  • Gigabyte
  • Terrabyte
  • Petabyte
  • Exabyte
  • Zettabyte
  • Yottabyte

In Data Defined, we help make the complex world of data more accessible by explaining some of the most complex aspects of the field.

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