It's Official: We Now Have Too Much Hard Drive Space

It's Official: We Now Have Too Much Hard Drive Space

Anthony Nguyen
Oct 7, 2010

Get ready. 3TB hard drives are about to hit the mainstream. Yeah, we can't believe our eyes either. It wasn't so long ago when 1TB was the holy grail of hard drive space, but we guess that's just the speed of technology innovation these days. Now, how much junk you can squeeze into a single 3TB drive? We crunch the numbers... the results may surprise you!

Here's a general breakdown of how much stuff you can cram into a 3TB hard drive. Think of it as mathematical porn for all you media junkies out there.

For the casual consumer:
Pictures - 1-2MB/pic (point and shoot cameras) = ~2,500,000 photos
Music - 4-5MB/song (iTunes) = ~600,000 songs
Movies - 650-700MB/movie (DivX/Mp4/480p) = ~4,500 movies

For the prosumer:
Pictures - 4-5MB/pic (dSLR cameras) = ~600,000 photos
Music - 8-10MB/song (Flac, loss-less) = ~300,000 songs
Movies - 4.7-8GB/movie (720p-1080p MKV) = ~820 movies

We can see the high-definition movies eating up a substantial amount of hard drive space eventually, but really? 820 movies? We don't even think we know of that many movie titles in existence (or worth knowing at least), let alone have the time to watch it all!

Perhaps we should just look at it as if we're overstocking on canned soups for an unexpected disaster. With all of the chaos in the world of Internet today, one can never have too much storage right?

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