Calculating the number of documents that can be stored on a storage medium can be a straightforward process.
Suppose there are 150 music files, each of which is approximately 6 megabytes in size, and a 1 gigabyte USB memory stick on which these files are to be stored. In order to work out how much storage space is required to store all these files on the USB memory stick, the following calculation can be used:
150 x 6 megabytes = 900 megabytes
To determine whether the USB memory stick has enough capacity to store all 150 music files, the units used for both the files and the storage device need to be the same. The size of the music files is in megabytes, so the capacity of the USB will also need to be converted to megabytes. In this example, the USB memory stick has a 1 gigabyte capacity:
1 gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes
The capacity of the USB memory stick is now expressed in megabytes. The following calculation will determine how many 6 megabyte files this storage device can hold:
1000 / 6 = 166.66 files
As there are 150 music files, they will all fit on the USB memory stick.
This process can be applied to files of any type and size:
|File type||Typical size||Quantity a 1 gigabyte USB memory stick could hold|
|Word processed document||50 kilobytes||1 gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes, 1000 megabytes = 1,000,000 kilobytes, 1,000,000 / 50 = 20,000 word processed files|
|Image file||100 kilobytes||1 gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes, 1000 megabytes = 1,000,000 kilobytes, 1,000,000 / 100 = 10,000 image files|
|Video file||100 megabytes||1 gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes, 1,000 / 100 = 10 video files|