What is a terabyte?
When talking about data storage, we often measure whole system storage capacity in terabytes, but most individual files take up megabytes or gigabytes for large files. So how many gigabytes or megabytes are in a terabyte? 1 TB equals 1,000 gigabytes (GB) or 1,000,000 megabytes (MB).
Now, let's compare that to physical storage devices we use every day. Compared to the average smartphone, 1 TB of storage is the same as roughly 16 (64 GB) iPhones or Samsung Galaxy devices. 1 TB is also about 4 (256 GB) Windows or MacBook laptops—and some storage space is eaten up by system software. And, individual external hard drives often start at 1 TB of storage, with larger options going past 32 TB.
How much data can 1 TB hold?
The average user stores a mix of photos, videos, and documents. When you're setting up a backup plan, it's hard to gauge how many photos and videos 1 terabyte of data can hold. 1 TB gives you the option of storing roughly:
- 250,000 photos taken with a 12MP camera;
- 250 movies or 500 hours of HD video; or
- 6.5 million document pages, commonly stored as Office files, PDFs, and presentations. It's also equal to 1,300 physical filing cabinets of paper!
Store it all in cloud storage
If your phone runs out of space, you're probably not carrying around a second one. For backing up your Apple or Microsoft computer, clunky portable hard drives are fragile, and small flash drives are easy to lose. Plus, the way you connect them to a computer seems to change every year. Your old external USB 3.0 hard drive won't work with a new computer that only has USB-C ports unless you get a special adaptor.
The cloud gives you an easier way to store a large amount of data, including photos, videos, and important files, without ever having to worry about disk space. When you store content in the cloud, you'll be able to do more with it, like:
- Store everything without being picky about what you save. It's also a good idea to follow the 3-2-1 rule: 3 copies of a file on 2 separate medias, with 1 copy off site.
- Stop running out of space by moving files off your device or hard drive. Dropbox Smart Sync can help by automatically moving content to the cloud.
- Access files or work remotely, whenever it's needed—even from mobile devices
Is 1 TB enough data for you?
Dropbox has plans for individuals, families, and teams with 1 TB or more of storage and can grow with your needs. Store all your photos, videos, personal files, and work projects with ease.
- Dropbox Plus comes with 2 TB of storage (for 1 user)
- Dropbox Family comes with 2 TB of storage (for up to 6 users)
- Dropbox Professional has 3 TB of storage
- Dropbox Business starts at 5 TB of storage (or as much storage as you need depending on your plan, so you don't fret about space or need external hard drives)