Hey guys! This week I will be talking about a common problem/misconception among non-tech-savvy people who tend to confuse the amount of storage a device with how much memory it has.
“But wait, you’re telling me those aren’t the same thing??”
Nope! There is a small similarity but they’re completely different at the same time.
Storage is where all your files, photos, music, etc. will be stored, and this is measured in multiples of bytes. Most of the time, the conversion goes something like this:
- 8 bits = 1 Byte (B)
- 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte (KB)
- 1,048,576 Bytes = 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Gigabyte (GB)
- 1,048,576 Kilobytes = 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte (TB)
- 1,048,576 Gigabytes = 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte (PB)
And so on.. However, sometimes it is measured by thousands instead of multiples of 8 (1024). So it would be 1000 Bytes, 1000 Kilobytes, 1000 Gigabytes, and so on.
Memory refers to the amount of RAM (Random-Access Memory) a device has. None of your files will ever be stored here. This memory is meant for performing tasks of some degree, and it also designates the amount of information a processor can process at a given time… until it has been maxed out and having more RAM wouldn’t improve performance. Usually, one would not have very much RAM compared to storage space because task-performance does not require as many resources as storing data in a medium (e.g. flash drive, SSD [Solid State Drive], HDD [Hard Disk Drive], hybrid state drive, etc.). Also, you need somewhere to actually store things rather than allocate memory to perform a task.
Well, there you have it. I hope you now understand the difference and can now correct people when they make that mistake. See you next week!