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

1 TB storage space
1 TB storage space

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 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. 

1 terabyte of storage

What 1 TB can 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 films 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!
 What 1 TB can hold

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
 Store it all in 1TB of cloud storage

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 3 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)
Is 1 TB enough storage space?