How much is 1TB? Understanding computer (HDD) and data storage capacities


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By blog Jun 15 2022


There are many factors to consider when choosing a cloud service. These choices can become even more complicated with the growing speed of digital transformation (DX, and the restructuring of management and business processes through digital technology). The amount of data being transferred and shared between companies will only increase over time.

One popular choice is’s Tsukaeru FileBako cloud service. Its starting capacity of 1TB and easy-to-use interface, as well as the option to upgrade as necessary, provides welcome peace of mind. However, since it can be difficult to truly grasp how much 1TB actually is, let's take a look at what capacity really means.


What is 1TB? Understanding GB, TB, and actual capacity

1TB (terabyte) is 1000 GB (strictly speaking, 1024 GB). As described in the example below, 1TB of video recording time is equivalent to approximately 166 hours of Full HD video.

Currently, regardless of company size or industry, the volume of business data is becoming larger and larger, making the introduction of a cloud storage service a must. In this regard, Tsukaeru FileBako cloud storage service offers a worry-free solution with 1TB of storage (larger amounts available) and an unlimited number of users.

What is the 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) capacity of a laptop computer?

It is difficult to install large hard disk drives (HDD) in laptops, as compared to desktop computers. For HDDs, the most common sizes are 128GB (gigabyte), 256GB, 516GB, and 1TB (terabyte). When measuring data, the basic unit is one byte, and technically speaking, the next unit is 1024 times larger. However, to more easily remember, it is safe to generalize that it is 1000 times larger.





Capacity comparison based on media type

Even though you may be aware that 1TB of capacity is quite large, it may be difficult to visualize it with just the numbers of bytes. The following chart provides more concrete examples by converting that capacity into familiar media storage capacity.

Capacity comparison based on media type


What is 1TB of digital camera photos?

・Approximately 250,000 JPEG image files of 4MB each 

What is 1TB for a smartphone?

・Approximately 10 smartphones of 100 GB each

What is 1 TB of video recording time?

・Approximately 166 hours for full HD video files; approximately 65 hours for 4k video recording

 What is 1TB of music?

・Approximately 200,000 MP3 music files of 5 MB each

What is 1TB of paperback books?

・Approximately 10,000 paperbacks of 100MB each

With hopefully a better idea of how big a 1TB drive is, let's take a look at some different options.


Not all cloud storage services are the same

The chart below shows the capacity, cost, and limitations of similar cloud storage services to Tsukaeru FileBako. While each service may offer a variety of plans, the comparison is based on a standard corporate plan.

Not all cloud storage services are the same


Unlimited capacity is the new norm 

While the chart above shows general information about cloud storage services, it is important to remember that the current trend, especially among the larger industry players, is to offer various pricing systems including unlimited services. However, in most cases, the cost is set on a per user basis.

At first glance, it might appear that bigger is better. However, many companies find that they do not need that much capacity once they start using the service. Another issue is if a company tries to save money by sharing one account between different users, there are security concerns, such as data deletion with no record of who did it.

In addition, one of the most attractive features of online storage, the ability to centrally manage access and editing privileges for each folder and user, is lost with a shared account. As a result, important data may end up only on the manager's personal computer.
On the other hand, with an unlimited number of users, such as with Tsukaeru FileBako, it is possible to divide folders among all employees and business partners at no extra charge and share the capacity without wasting space. With the basic 1TB plan, which is sufficient for small and medium-sized business users, you can create an account for each user. It is also easy to organize and delete user accounts that are no longer needed, providing flexibility in terms of management and security.

You can learn more about Tsukaeru FileBako benefits and security details in this article.

It is obvious from looking at the different issues and options available that it is important to choose the cloud storage service that best fits your business, the number of users, and the volume and type of data to be handled.

Unlimited capacity is the new norm


Balance your capacity needs and advanced security requirements with Tsukaeru FileBako

Tsukaeru FileBako provides cloud storage service for an unlimited number of users, and a one-year contract for the Standard plan will save you 14,740 JPY per month (tax included).

The large capacity of 1TB also makes it suitable for architectural firms, design and video production companies, and other companies with relatively large amounts of data to be processed by individual employees.

For even larger amounts of data, consider the Advanced plan, which was just released in April 2022. Not only offering a huge 3TB capacity, it has the following four new features.

Advanced plan has four new features

The Advanced plan is available for 52,624 JPY per month (tax included) with a one-year contract.

Unlimited users + flexible options for any situation

Both the Standard and Advanced plans have an unlimited number of users, so whether you have 100 or 1,000 users, the cost remains the same. Data capacity can also be increased with no limit, according to the growth of your company and the amount of data handled (additional capacity of 1TB/ 7,480 JPY including tax), providing a flexible solution and peace of mind no matter the situation. As the system can also be operated from the website management screen as if you were using your regular Windows or Mac, there is no need for costly employee training.

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