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What does a terabyte look like?

I want to be able to mentally visualize a terabyte of storage data. What analogy can be made to describe how much storage a terabyte involves? It could be in terms of pages in a book, feature length movie or a similar reference that would commonly be understood.

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Interesting question! I like it! How about some of the following?

A terabyte is:

  • More than 300 feature length movies.
  • 40,000 faxes.
  • 15,000 CDs converted to MP3 at high fidelity.
  • Enough words that it would take every adult in America speaking at the same time five minutes to say them all.

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This was first published in February 2002

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