GB to MB Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between GigaBytes and MegaBytes (GB to MB).

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How many MegaBytes equal one GigaByte?

There are two competing definitions for the gigabyte. According to the binary definition, in which each metric is a power of two, a gigabyte is exactly 1024 megabytes. According to the SI and IEC standard, which is in use in organizations such as the IEEE, EU, ISO, NIST, but is still not widely accepted, 1 gigabyte equals 1000 megabytes. It should be noted that a megabyte in the first definition is also defined differently to that of the second definition, making the difference even larger than it seems at first glance.

For example, maybe you have recently bought a 4 TB disk drive, or a 256 GB SSD? Do not be surprised then when your 4 TB drive actually holds 3.63 TB of data and your 256 GB SSD actually holds 231 GB of data, as shown by your Windows operating system, for example. The reason is that the definition used by disk manufacturers is the SI definition and the one used by most operating systems is the standard binary definition. Which one makes more sense: the one where mega is one million and giga is one billion (SI), or the one where the size of RAM is always accurately rounded, e.g. there is no 1 GB (SI) RAM, but there is exactly 1 GB (binary) RAM? Opinions go both ways while the confusion continues decade after decade among experts in computer science and end users alike.

The SI and IEC adopted a new metric to replace the traditional gigabyte: Gibibyte. Its symbold is GiB. However, we challenge you to find someone who is not working as a developer for disk drivers who has heard of or is actually using this name.

Difference between GB and MB

Both GB and MB are symbols corresponding to units for measuring data storage on devices such as hard drives, solid state drives, CD-ROMs, DVDs, etc. The difference between them is only in their magnitude, where the GB is defined as containing 1024 MB under the binary definition and 1000 MB under the International System of Units.

One often needs to convert from gigabytes to megabytes when calculating storage capacity, e.g. for video files from surveillance cameras, or for your personal video or audio collection. In any case, it is important to make sure that the units advertised are the same units you perform the calculations in - in our GB to MB converter you can switch between units using the SI checkbox below the input fields.

How to convert GigaBytes to MegaBytes

Performing conversions between GB and MB is easy, once you know the standard you want to use. Under SI it is easier as you need to only multiply by 1,000, or - just move the decimal point three positions to the right. Under the binary system you multiply by 1024 to get the megabyte equivalent. See some practical examples with calculations below:

GB to MB conversion example

Sample task: convert 128 gigabytes to megabytes (binary, also GiB to MiB). Solution:

Formula:
GB * 1024 = MB
Calculation:
128 GB * 1,024 = 131,072 MB
End result:
128 GB is equal to 131,072 MB


Sample task: convert 100 gigabytes to megabytes (SI). Solution:

Formula:
GB * 1000 = MB
Calculation:
100 GB * 1,000 = 100,000 MB
End result:
100 GB is equal to 100,000 MB

GB to MB conversion table

GB (binary, also GiB) to MB (binary, also MiB) conversion table
GB (binary, also GiB) MB (binary, also MiB)
4 GB 4,096 MB
8 GB 8,192 MB
16 GB 16,384 MB
32 GB 32,768 MB
64 GB 65,536 MB
128 GB 131,072 MB
256 GB 262,144 MB
512 GB 524,288 MB
1,024 GB 1,048,576 MB
2,048 GB 2,097,152 MB
4,096 GB 4,194,304 MB
8,192 GB 8,388,608 MB
16,384 GB 16,777,216 MB
32,768 GB 33,554,432 MB
65,536 GB 67,108,864 MB
131,072 GB 134,217,728 MB
262,144 GB 268,435,456 MB
524,288 GB 536,870,912 MB
GB (SI) to MB (SI) conversion table
GB (SI) MB (SI)
4 GB 4,000 MB
8 GB 8,000 MB
16 GB 16,000 MB
32 GB 32,000 MB
64 GB 64,000 MB
128 GB 128,000 MB
256 GB 256,000 MB
512 GB 512,000 MB
1,024 GB 1,024,000 MB
2,048 GB 2,048,000 MB
4,096 GB 4,096,000 MB
8,192 GB 8,192,000 MB
16,384 GB 16,384,000 MB
32,768 GB 32,768,000 MB
65,536 GB 65,536,000 MB
131,072 GB 131,072,000 MB
262,144 GB 262,144,000 MB
524,288 GB 524,288,000 MB

References:

[1] IEC 60027-2, Second edition, 2000-11, Letter symbols to be used in electrical technology - Part 2: Telecommunications and electronics.

[2] IEC 80000-13:2008, Quantities and units, Part 13: Information science and technology

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Georgiev G.Z., "GigaBytes to MegaBytes (GB to MB) Converter", [online] Available at: https://www.gigacalculator.com/converters/convert-gb-to-mb.php URL [Accessed Date: 06 Dec, 2019].