Droplet Transfer prefix using binary or decimal notation?

January 26, 2017 216 views
Billing Networking

Is the "TB" Transfer listed on droplet pricing meant to represent the decimal notation for terra (10^12 or 1000^4), or the binary notation (1024^4)?

More simply does 3 TB mean
3,000,000,000,000 bytes
3,298,534,883,328 bytes

The second being more appropriately labeled as 3 TiB (or Tebibytes).

1 Answer


I'm actually not 100% sure as it pertains to DigitalOcean, though most providers use 1GB = 1,000MB unless explicitly advertised otherwise, so 3TB would come out as 3,000GB.

@ryanpg - Care to chime in on this one?

  • @jtittle Yeah not sure why I didn't add DigitalOcean in tags, but clearly it's related specifically to how they bill. I would imagine the decimal notation is what is becoming more common, it's just that DigitalOcean is rather tech-centric. So I don't really know. I didn't see it in the FAQs nor as a question already.

    I would also guess their Disk size limits are all decimal prefixes (1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes) as that has been extremely common for storage... but again just guessing.

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