How much is 1 TB of storage?

1 TB of storage equals 1,000 GB of data—that’s about 8 smartphones with 128 GB capacity

What is a terabyte?

When talking about data storage, systems are often measured in terabytes, but most files seen on a daily basis are stored in gigabytes or megabytes. 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 everyday. Compared to the average smartphone, 1 TB of storage is the same as roughly 8 (128 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 options that go up to 4 TB.

Files being added to 1 terabyte of online storage space

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—either to save device space or preserve files—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!
A wide range of files stored in the cloud

Store it all in cloud storage

If your phone runs out of space, you’re probably not carrying around a second one. The cloud gives you an easier way to store a large amount of data, including photos, videos, and important files. 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 advised to follow the 3-2-1 rule: 3 copies of a file on 2 separate medias, with 1 copy on a cloud drive.
  • 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
User selecting online folder access using Dropbox Smart Sync to save space

Is 1 TB enough data for you?

Dropbox has plans for individuals 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
  • 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)
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