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The zebibyte is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information. It is a member of the set of units with binary prefixes defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Its unit symbol is ZiB.
The prefix zebi (symbol Zi) represents multiplication by 10247, therefore:
The prefix zebi was added to the system of binary prefixes in August 2005.
One zebibyte (1 ZiB) is equal to eight zebibits (8 Zibit).
One thousand twenty-four zebibytes (1024 ZiB) is equal to one yobibyte (1 YiB).
- GUID Partition Table (GPT) allows for a maximum disk and partition size of 8 zebibytes, or 9.4 zettabytes, when using 512-byte sectors.
- The ZFS filesystem has a theoretical volume size limit of about 256 quadrillion zebibytes.
In late 2017, commercial internal hard drives for the consumer PC market were available up to about 10 to 12 TB (as single drives, multiple drive arrays with higher total capacity are also available, generally as external devices). The available information storage of 1 ZiB is therefore equivalent to approximately 100 million of the largest hard drives available on consumer PCs.
Estimates are extremely rough, but as of 2015, it was estimated there were 7-8 Zebibytes of data stored throughout the whole earth.
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Disk pointers are 64 bits in size, meaning that GPT can handle disks of up to 512 x 264 bytes (8 zebibytes, or 8.6 billion TiB), assuming 512-byte sectors.
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