How big is it? Go ahead, take a peek…OS X users, use your Get Info or check your Computer stats, Windows users. According to a customer survey conducted by hardware manufacturer Seagate, the average user is now sporting on average 590 GB of storage on their computer (we're please to note our laptop falls above the curve with a souped up 620 GB internally), a notable 39% increase in year-over-year numbers. The huge jump in personal storage capacity illustrates although cloud storage is eagerly anticipated, plenty of users are still opting to store files locally…
Our migration from a hodge podge of internal and external hard drives to cloud storage has been a slow going affair. Our sizable music collection is currently stored locally, duplicated on external drives, and is currently, and very slowly, being uploaded to Music Beta by Google (20K songs total with just 2,500 completed). Similarly, we're storing our most choice photos on Flickr, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud for posterity (and in lower resolution, Facebook and Tumblr) and to share. But local storage still reigns supreme in our home office, mostly because it's still way easier and faster to back things up and access later via SATA or USB 2 (Thunderbolt one day!) than sitting for hours/days/weeks uploading whole collections via cloud storage.
Think of storage services like Tonido as Extenz for your hard drive, offering not only more storage capacity, but more remote access options.
Then there's the option of hosting your own cloud storage solution, a storage tactic that falls inbetween fully buying into online storage and keeping your digital assets physically as close to you as possible. In reality, the best solution for now seems neither here nor there completely, the safest option in regards to file access being duplicating files both locally and on the cloud. The way we look at it, we can reinstall software and apps, but once you lose photos and even music files, it can be difficult or near impossible to get them back once you lose them, so don't buy into trust one solution over another completely. As the saying goes, it's not how big it is, but how you use it (but size does matter)!
[Statistic via Tom's Hardware/Seagate]