What Is A Yottabyte? How Big Is It? [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago Tech

How long before this amount of hard drive storage will be cheaply available for laptops for us consumers?
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Male 794
i still dont get how big that is??? am i the only one, are we talking space on a computer, or space as in VOLUME?
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Male 44
If a terrabyte holds 2x10^5 pictures, a petabyte is 10^8, exa is 10^11, zetta is 10^14 and a yottabye would be around 2x10^17 pictures.
Who the drat has 200,000,000,000,000,000 pictures?
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Male 173
@nubblins
second
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Female 570
i can already see people saying "how many yottas do you have" x]
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Male 22
If Moore`s law is true, it will last 40 to 60 years!
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Female 1,743
That`s a lot of porn.
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Male 6,694
Who needs all that?
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Male 2,748
holy huge!
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Female 547
Is it yaddah or yoda?
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Male 9
Yotta, yotta, yotta...
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Male 252
All of that seemed to be based off of the size and price of a 1tb hard drive... But now you can get a 2tb for not much more.
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Male 3,482
[quote">you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold[/quote">

Until they invent new, 4D prons that can actually have sex with you and get you pregnant...

Wait, they already have 3D porn that can do that?

Well never mind! Let`s keep on as we were.
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Male 197
Also, as has been said, the size required is why the cost is prohibitive but the technology is advancing so fast it is only a matter of time before this is available... It will happen in my lifetime.
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Male 197
"you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold"

There is plenty of the "off the beaten path" pron that I am not into but I would be willing to sort through it to have every bit of pron ever made. Except for kiddie pron. That is some wrong and horrible sh*t.
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Male 2,700
Really this is a non issue as with time it will all shrink and become cheaper....Think of 5 mgs in the 50s...Or 1g in the 80s...How extraordinary they were and the space required to hold them...The first manned rocket to space had LESS computing power than the NES 8-bit system....Think of that....
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Male 91
The datacenter my dad works at has a petabyte of memory. so the second part is somewhat untrue.
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Male 10
@Salted_Eggs :
i`m sorry it wasn`t a hard drive but a datacenter -_-`

http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/11/01/nsa-to-store-yottabytes-of-surveillance-data-in-utah-megarepository/
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Male 418
Something that should be pointed out is that the space to store information is trivial when compared to what most people here have pointed out. The need for smaller and faster transistors, or maybe even HP`s memristor(sp?), to crunch that amount of data, or store and process in the memrsitor`s case. So, it doesn`t matter if you Xbox 1080, PS15, or your Pee(he he) has an Exabyte of storage if you can`t access it quickly. I don`t want to wait for my Quad Core processor to decompress ten gigs of data for each frame on my game because it just wont be able to do it. Although processors should be able to keep up with storage as time progresses. I`m just saying all of that space is useless unless you access it in an efficient manner.

Time to go grab a 32-core Xeon Knight chip. :)
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Male 2,159
"you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold"

Yes. Apart from the bestial, incestial, man-on-man, S&M and urination variants - to name a few - although I suppose it depends what you`re into and how open-minded you are...
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Male 716
Eventually we`re just going to make something so big that storage is no longer an issue.

I`m excited about where our technology will lead us. We just need to stop being stupid and learn how to use it right.
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Male 4,290
[quote]I can`t remember who said it, but I remember something about every two years technology doubles in ability/capacity, and halves in cost.[/quote]

The number of transistors we can fit in a unit space has roughly doubled every year, yes. It`s called Moore`s Law. But it can`t continue like that. We can`t make them much smaller before the distance between source and drain on a MOSFET becomes too small to operate reliably.

Electronic engineers are working on how to get around the problem. A solution will probably be to use new, different materials instead of silicon dioxide.
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Male 58
you could put all the pron ever onto one hard drive, and it would be glorious to behold
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Female 247
There`s also Doggabytes and Geopbytes or something like that.
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Male 2,290
"To be honest, a Yotta-bite seems large now, but the next-next gen consoles will probably have that as their HDD space"

No one sees how difficult this poo really is, do they? We`re running into microization problems because transistors can only be made so small before they fizzle out if they are made from current day silicon.

So, unless we develop a new smaller transistor, around a couple of atoms or so big, then count the yottabyte being a little further than 20 years. And, you wouldn`t know what to do with a yottabyte. It`s certainly more information than all of human history and writing combined 1,000x over.
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Male 9,306
Probably that kind of space would be needed for the Extranet in "Mass Effect".
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Male 2,690
Should be called a Lottabyte
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Male 19
>krieg fox

THATD BE FREAKIN SWEET!
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Male 931
Angelmassb
apparently its about 500 exabytes.
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Male 15,510
I wonder how much data is in the entire Internet
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Male 3,482
It won`t take long for this to be nothing at all.

I can`t remember who said it, but I remember something about every two years technology doubles in ability/capacity, and halves in cost.

Interestingly enough, I have a friend that has a petabyte worth of memory on his home computer... It cost him a sh*t ton, and he still hasn`t used hardly any of it, but still...

OH, BTW... Yatta?
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Male 418
From a data protection stand point creating a one yottabyte drive is unwise. Why would you create all that data on only one drive. Something that is that large, physically, will be prone to failure much more than the average consumer hard drive. However, this does not mean some one wont try.

Personally I like the hella-byte discussion better.
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Male 71
i give it 10 years, a yottabyte will be the next terabyte. People will look at a 500 gb harddrive and laugh, saying god what the hell could you fit there. Thats not even enough to store one 4D virtual reality dvd movie, and thats without having the sounds wired into you head. lol
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Male 774
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Male 182
I`m pretty sure that the brain stores data (and works generally) in a way that is entirely different to how a computer would. I`m not entirely sure that it could be put into terms of bytes at all, but if it could then we are quite a long way from giving anything other than a guess.

We would need to know how the brain stores and accesses it`s data before we could even begin to think about how much data we can ultimately fit in it!
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Male 774
RaM1,

Google search showed no results. Did you watch it on the tele?
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Male 10
i read somewhere that NSA was going (or is going) to make 1 yottabyte harddrive
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Male 419
i believe i read somewhere that the human brain is 12 terabytes. correct me if im wrong.
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Male 774
Sock1122

I believe I heard somewhere that it was about the size of a terabyte.
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Male 2,551
Sock1122 - I think it`s estimated to be between 1 to 1000 terabites. Robert Birge said it was about 3 (http://tinyurl.com/ddqyvj), another place said it was from 500 to 1000 (http://tinyurl.com/fabpe), and the last place I found said between 1 and 1000 (http://tinyurl.com/3xtgdcf).

I currently have a 1tb hard drive, and a seperate 500gbs hard drive. :3
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Male 274
just out of curiosity does anyone know what the equivalent storage space (memory) would be for one human brain?
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Male 505
Well technology double (approximately) every 24 months or so, which can be seen with medical equipment. So eventually we might have that, but i doubt it will be some time next year.
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Male 132
>"that`s a yotta money."
>
>I instantly hate you.


I instantly love you!
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Male 3,014
"that`s a yotta money."

I instantly hate you.
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Male 174
It`s an ad. Why isn`t it marked as such?
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Male 1,148
To be honest, a Yotta-bite seems large now, but the next-next gen consoles will probably have that as their HDD space
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Male 203
I have an iPhone 3GSXII43.5 with iPhone OS 6.3.3 with 64YB of memory.

God, quit living in the past, I-A-B.
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Male 187
Isn`t it obvious that in 20 years time, you`ll probably be able to fit a Yottobyte into your pocket? It`s as though the makers of the infograph have paid no attention to the rate at which computer technology evolves. Pointless pic.
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Male 2,868
I wonder if every file currently available for bittorrent amounts to a yot.
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Female 3,828
Its kind of like how a floppy inch disk holds hardly any data, but back then, it was enough. soon we will need more storage i suppose
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Male 1,371
How about we just don`t do this and save us all some money.
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Male 2,290
gotta get dat yotta,
even if it bigga
dan a whole flotilla.

gangsta rap, 2020.
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Male 1,815
I think we`ll start seeing exabyte-sized personal hard drives in the near future, but they`ll be designed to hold an information data format that doesn`t currently exist.
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Female 612
I doubt we`ll have it until we have technology that needs it. And right now, we are not anywhere near that, even at the exponential rate our technical abilities are increasing.
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Male 575
I came.
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Male 75
@Volsunga

They`re not the ones making up the names, they already existed.
After Yotta, they`ll have to make new ones though.
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Male 277
I really don`t think a YB storage device will be around anytime soon, the TOTAL amount of data on all of the internet is estimated at around 500 exabytes, or 5x 10^20 bytes. 1 yottabyte is 1x10^24 bytes, which is 10 000 times larger than the internet as we know it. We can also obviously agree that nobody has a 500 EB hard drive kicking around either. So yes, it is quite a while before this will happen, but it still may happen in our lifetime, exponential growth can become crazy.
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Male 928
In 10 years we might have 100 Tb hard drives at best. In 2000 (10 years ago for those who are slower) we had 10 Gb drives now we have 1 Tb so figure drives should be about 100-200 Tb in size. Though it would be possible for a drive to be 1 Pb but unlikely as the size of data for an average user would not have increased enough to justify a drive like that.
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Male 216
that`s a yotta money.
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Male 914
@Volsunga

Uhh, dude, you`re very wrong. Today, a terabyte is a decent sized hard drive. Ten years ago, a decent sized hard drive was not a megabyte. 25-30 years ago maybe.
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Male 2
With the doubling of storage to 2TB for about $100, in the words of Niles Standish, "Doubble it, then cut it in half!"
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Male 1,548
In 20 years, that amount of storage will be available on a $30 microSD. Ten years ago, they viewed a Megabyte like we now view a terrabyte. They have to make up new words all the time, this is why we can`t have nice things.
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Male 25,416
Wow, i want one!
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Male 36,556
You can YOTTABYTE ME right HERE@!!!
(points at his pants)

(not as funny as BrassBull, but I do try!)
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Female 423
``Large a yottabyte is. Care I do not.``

more entertaining than the yottabyte post
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Male 236
MORE LIKE YAWN-ABYTE!!! BA DUM TSHH!
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Male 731
And everybody say...Yotta!
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Male 180
@brassbull Epic!

In 20 years It will fit in the newest generation of iPhone.
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Male 1,610
Large a yottabyte is. Care I do not.
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Male 1,195
If no one can afford it, why does it exist?
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Male 813
That`s because it is based on current consumer technology ze_pilot. You are retarded.
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Male 10,440
This is dumb... what use is there for a Yottabyte?
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Male 779
I wonder how much storage Google has.
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Male 68
danthew, assuming that you`re speaking based on the current rate of progression, it`s not going to continue as quickly as it has in the recent past. From how I understand it, both processors and hard drives are starting to reach other technology complications and they`re upgrades are slowing down dramatically. guess we`ll see soon enough
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Male 136
Moore`s Law states that I will want a 1 YB iPod in approximately now.
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Male 2,121
There`s actual maths involved behind that figure btw.
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Male 2,121
The answer to the question is ~30 years. Exponential increases are scary sometimes...
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Female 71
Finally, something that Bill Gates cannot afford!
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Male 8,302
When CD`s first came out, I put my 3 briefcases of floppies (2000 in all) on 3 CD`s.

When DVD`s came out, I burned them and a bunch of new stuff onto 1 DVD.

Nowadays, I don`t burn movies to DVD, because 1TB drives are now cheaper than blank DVD`s (average about 12c per movie, as opposed to 30c per movie on DVD). I`m in the middle of ripping my 2000 DVD`s (legitimately bought) onto four 1TB drives.

How things change.
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Male 127
That is retarded.

This is assuming that the only way to store 1 YB of information is to connect a bunch of 1 TB hard drives...
That`s like trying to fit a blu-ray movie on a million floppy disk. No poo it`s gonna cost a lot.
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Female 674
Okay. *shrugs*
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Female 1,077
why would any average person want that.
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Male 19,888
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