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# Does A Fully Loaded USB With Data Weigh More Than An Empty One? Here's The Answer

## #2 USB's

Internet is full of not so sensible debates. One such hot topic right now is The comparison between the weight of an empty USB and the one with some data. The answer of this question is as crazy as the question itself.

To get this answer, the first thing that we need to understand is how the data is stored in our computers. Whatever the coding language may be, eventually the information is finally stored in the form of 1's and 0's in the data bank. But how do we assign 0's and 1's at the hardware level?

Check ahead to find out how!

So 0's and 1's are assigned differently everywhere but in flash drives like USBs, it is done by trapping electrons. In our ordinary chemical equations, the weight of 1 electron is generally ignored as it is negligible.

The logic here is simple, the more data we store in our USB, the more electrons are trapped. It also depends on the capacity of the USB.

Keep reading ahead to know the role of the capacity of a USB in its weight.

## John D. Kubiatowicz's Theory

Let me explain you the role of the capacity of a USB with proper numbers. For a 32 GB system, the difference comes out to be around 8 x 10-17 grams between a fully loaded and empty USB drive. The calculation that I just showed you was done by Berkeley Professor of Computer Science, John D. Kubiatowicz.

But the debate didn't end here. After this theory was proposed by John, people started coming up with their own theories that intensified the entire debate even more.

Keep reading ahead for more theories on the weight of a USB before and after storage.

## #1 More Theories

So one guy made a very valid point that the mass increase would be numerically half than what was calculated by the professor because not all of the storage numbers are 1 when data is stored. It is a combination of 1's and 0's that help us store information. This makes complete sense in every world.

Another theory by Onisa Sharia is very interesting. The theory states that the total charge in any device remains the same, so there is no change in overall mass of the system. The difference in the mass is negligible.

These theories will surely not end the debate of the mass of the USB before and after storing the Data. Let us know if you have any theory regarding the same too. Till then, we'll go with Onisa's theory! You are free to differ!

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