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Abbreviation for “megabyte.” The word “megabyte” is a combination of “mega” and “byte.” As a measure of computer processor storage and real and virtual memory, a megabyte is 2 to the 20th power bytes, or 1,048,576 bytes in decimal notation.

  • According to the IBM Dictionary of Computing, when used to describe disk storage capacity and transmission rates, a megabyte is 1,000,000 bytes in decimal notation.
  • According to the Microsoft Press Computer Dictionary, a megabyte means either 1,000,000 bytes or 1,048,576 bytes.
  • According to Eric S. Raymond in The New Hacker’s Dictionary, a megabyte is always 1,048,576 bytes on the argument that bytes should naturally be computed in powers of two.

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