Because of irregularities in definition and usage of the kilobyte, the exact number could be any one of the following:
- 1,048,576 bytes - 1024 times 1024, or 220. This is the definition used in computer science and computer programming. This is 1024 times a Kilobyte.
- 1,000,000 bytes or 106 - this is the definition used by telecommunications engineers and storage manufacturers
- 1,024,000 bytes - 1024 times 1000. This is an (erroneous) definition used by floppy disk manufacturers
See integral data type.
A gigabyte is 1024 times an megabyte.
To clarify the meaning(1) above, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a standards body, in 1997 proposed short unions of the International System of Units (SI) prefixes with the word "binary." Thus meaning (1) would be called a mebibyte. This naming convention has not been widely accepted.