The newest external hard drives have now crossed the 1 terabyte threshold! If you have no clue what that means, in the simplest explanation, it means it’s a lot of storage space!
If you’re running a laptop that was built in the last couple years you’d probably need about five to seven of those to make up 1 terabyte. Or you’d need about two average desktop computers to do the trick.
That sounds nice and all, but it doesn’t really answer your original question of…
How Much Media Can I Fit in 1 Terabyte?
A terabyte may seem like a lot of space, but as media increases in depth and quality, so too does the amount of space it takes up. If you’re a techie that uses blue-ray disks, high quality photos, and has a never ending play list, it actually wouldn’t take you all that long to fill up a 1 terabyte external hard drive.
Since TV is moving more to a computer driven activity (or vice versa) more people are storing their favorite downloaded shows and movies onto external storage which takes up considerable space.
Most DVD’s run about 8 GB (gigabytes) since there are 1,024 GB in a TB you’ll be able to store about 108 DVD’s onto your drive.
An average blu-ray takes up about 50 GB (gigabytes) of storage space and there are 1,024 GB in a TB which means that you’ll only be able to store about 20 full length blu-ray movies onto your 1 terabyte drive.
With a nice DSLR or point and shoot camera you can expect that your images will take up approximately 4 MB each. since there are 1,048,576 Megabytes in a Terabyte you can store approximately 250,000 photos in your 1 terabyte hard drive. That’s a lot of pictures!
If you want to decrease the amount of storage you take up with your movies you could choose to not store the bonus features and just save the movie. Or you could just buy more than one external hard drive.