Will my laptop get heavier if I put more files on it?

My Mac Book Air weighs 2.3 pounds, if I download more files on it will it make it heavier?

What if it's running Windows?

15 Answers

  • 6 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    yes. about every 5 gigabytes is equal to 1 ounce. be careful and dont download too many things because it can get really hard to carry around. here is a realy answer. no. the files are purely ones and zeros which are coded in electronic signals, which is electrons. so technically yes because electrons do have weight but not anything that would ever be noticeable to anything.

  • 5 years ago

    As funny or troll people think this is, actually we know from special relativity, that energy has mass. Hard drive density is measured in bits per square inch, the highest of which are currently (5/2013) 750 gigabits per square inch. This means that a gigabyte of data will take up about 6.88 millimeter. The weight of an area of a platter consists of the substrate (usually glass and ceramic) and the magnetic layer which actually holds the magnetic grains storing the data. The magnetic layer is usually made of a mostly cobalt alloy of 10-20 nm thickness. Assuming 10nm thickness to make the math easier, This gives us about 6.88 * 1013 nm3 of magnetic layer material for one gigabyte.

    The actual weight depends on the areal density here are some examples:

    2009: Areal Density 400 Gbit/in2 = 1.1518 micrograms

    2010: Areal Density 541.4 GBit/in2 = 0.84817 micrograms

    2011: Areal Density 625 GBit/in2 = 0.734966 micrograms

    2012: Areal Density 744 GBit/in2 = 0.617411 micrograms

  • 6 years ago

    The files don't weigh anything. It's the hardware that holds the files that weighs something, but this hardware is light. There are two kinds of hardware, a hard disc and SSD. Generally the SSD is lighter and faster, but can't hold as many files.

  • John
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    A bit weighs the same whether is a 1 or a 0.

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  • Edwin
    Lv 6
    6 years ago

    The ENTIRE Internet weighs about as much as a strawberry: The weight of ALL the electrons in motion that make up the ENTIRE Internet at any given moment is equivalent to about 50 grams!

    You take it from there.

    Source(s): 200 Mind Blowing Facts; KickassFacts.com
  • 6 years ago

    You're actually asking this?!? Ok, here's the answer: NO! Data is coded in 1's and 0's, which are represented with electrons. Here's an idea, how bout you NOT stack all those heavy thing on the laptop and then complain about the weight.

    Source(s): Personal experience
  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Yes. But it will be such a small amount you will not be able to measure it and the affects of gravity and temperature will probably more than compensate for the weight gain...


  • 4 years ago

    When you Load a Picture from Your Mother on it, Then it weights instantly 6 Tons

  • 6 years ago

    No, because all digital data is made up of 1s (ones) and 0s (zeros). 1s are very skinny and weigh very little and 0s weigh absolutely nothing at all.

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