If MB="meg", GB="gig", then TB="..." ?

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  1. tpg macrumors regular

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    Given that 1TB and higher capacity hard drives are becoming increasingly common, it would seem natural that a colloquial shortening of "terabyte" will arise.

    Not having come across any myself yet, I thought I'd put it to the floor - what have people come across?
     
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    If using the same logic as with megs and gigs, it should be "ter" but I hear tera quite often in spoken language at least. In Internet, people tend to use TB and GB as their are faster to type
     
  3. cube macrumors G5

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    That's cheating. I guess in Finland people say "kilo", "mega", "giga".

    I think this is only a problem for English speakers.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I'd like to see the word "tibs" as a way of pronouncing TBs. "I have 6 megs, 3 gigs and 5 tibs of data."
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    That would be bad, because it's too similar to tebibyte.
     
  6. tpg thread starter macrumors regular

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    "Tibs" would be quite amusing. I agree it would sound a bit like "tebibyte", but a lot of people use the terms interchangeably anyhow (incorrectly though, of course!)
     
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    Yes. I guess that would be confusing although its fairly close to the same number. "Ter" just doesn't sound right to me, however.
     
  8. cube macrumors G5

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    "tib" would be horrible. The abbreviation of tebibyte is TiB, and tebibit is Tib.
     
  9. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

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    TUB --- TUBS of data. Don't like the vowel logic? So what? TuBS. Got a TuB in my machine, in fact I have several TuBs of data on this thing.
     
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    Now that is something I could live with!
     
  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    What about just "T"? Example: I have 12T of data. It would follow how I speak of kilobytes. I have 63K of data.
     
  12. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    63Kb or KB? ;)

    I just say "one tera", as I say "one meg" and "one gig".
     
  13. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I know how it's spelled, but that's not how I hear it said. I was trying to get across the speech part of it, but that is difficult on a written forum. I guess I failed.

    I rarely hear someone say someone say, "63 KB". They usually say, "63 K", regardless of the official abbreviation.
     
  14. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    After terabyte, it's petabyte, exabyte, zettabyte, and yottabyte.


    bit=0 or 1
    crumb=2 bits
    nybble=4 bits
    byte=8 bit
    word=16 bits (in x86/32, It can also be 8, 32, 64, 128, depending on architecture)
    dword=32 bits (or double a word)
    megabyte=1024 bytes
    gigabyte=1024 megabytes
    terabyte=1024 gigabytes
    petabyte=1024 terabytes
    exabyte=1024 petabyte
    zettabyte=1024 exabyte
    yottabyte=1024 zettabyte
    xonabyte=1024 yottabyte
    wekabyte=1024 xonabyte
    vundabyte=1024 wekabyte
    udabyte=1024 vundabyte
    tredabyte=1024 udabyte
    sortabyte=1024 tredabyte
    rintabyte=1024 sortabyte
    quexabyte=1024 rintabyte
    peptabyte=1024 quexabyte
    ochabyte=1024 peptabyte
    nenabyte=1024 ochabyte
    mingabyte=1024 nenabyte
    lumabyte=1024 mingabyte
    holydogcrapbyte=1024 lumabyte
     
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    TB = Terra/Terras... simple, people will just simplify it to that
     
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    Your list is incomplete... Where does gigaquad fit in?
     
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    You have my vote!
     
  19. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    At first I was torn between "teg" and "ter," but saying "that's a 32 teg flash drive" just sounds more natural.
     
  20. spblat macrumors 6502a

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    This came to my mind first as well. There aren't any that I would use instead of "terabyte" in spoken communication.
     
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    I logically arrived at "teg" and agree that it sounds natural.
     
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    We want to get the 'r' in there somewhere, especially if we feel the need to distinguish between tebibytes (how much is that?) and terabytes.

    So..."terbs"? "Tribs"?
     

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