how much space do pictures take up

Just like anything else, managing our storage space is an issue we all face at one point or another.  It’s mentioned in the Bible (Luke 12:16-19 is one of those places), you face it where you live (we need to have another garage sale…), where you work, and – yes – even when you use your computer.  You remember when you pulled it out of the box and set it up.  This would meet your needs for many years to come.  My, how times have changed!

So, you may find yourself needing to store ‘stuff’ – computing stuff – somewhere because your drive is getting full.  Why is it getting full?  Well, a lot has changed over the years.  We save files, lots of them, to our hard drives.  Video files, music files, pictures we take, and the list goes on and on.  Oh, did I forget – we install things on our machines, and that takes up space, and we update things that are installed, and…well, you get the picture.

What are our options for storage?  Well, we can use a thumb drive (people call these devices by any number of names, flash drive, jump drive, etc., USB removable storage is what it boils down to, and these cool things fit right in your pocket).  If that is not really what you were thinking (need more storage space, but can be less portable than in your pocket), you can always get an external hard drive.  These come in different sizes physically (as well as storage space, of course).  So you may choose an external drive that uses a smaller hard drive (2.5″ laptop size, i.e. Western Digital’s Passport series) because you want to tote it around, or you may opt for the larger hard drive (3.5″ desktop size, i.e., Western Digital’s My Book series) for larger storage on the drive, but it is a bit larger.  It really all depends on your needs and how you plan to use it.  You can find a bunch of selections here at or you can shop around in stores or on line for a deal that fits your budget and needs.

These little beauties hook up to your machine using the computer’s USB port or a firewire port.  And once you hook them up, you can store loads of files on them and use them wherever you need them.  While that is a bunch of information about storage (and really it is only scratching the surface, we never got into the nuances of what the drive is formatted as (FAT, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, etc.), it doesn’t quite answer the question that started this post.  How much will it hold?  For that, below is some general information (and my thanks to the Western Digital site for these numbers).

10Gb drive:

  • Up to 2,856 digital photos
  • Up to 2,500 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 250 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 45 minutes of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 4-1/5 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 1-1/4 hours of HD video

100Gb drive:

  • Up to 28,560 digital photos
  • Up to 25,000 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 2,500 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 7-1/2 hours of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 44 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 12 hours of HD video

250Gb drive:

  • Up to 71,400 digital photos
  • Up to 62,500 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 6,250 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 19 hours of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 110 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 30 hours of HD video

500Gb drive:

  • Up to 142,800 digital photos
  • Up to 125,000 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 12,500 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 38 hours of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 220 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 60 hours of HD video

750Gb drive:

  • Up to 214,200 digital photos
  • Up to 187,500 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 18,700 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 57 hours of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 330 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 90 hours of HD video

There are many variables with these numbers, and your mileage may vary.  Also, technology is constantly changing, which means you need to do some homework on your own to make sure you get the storage necessary to meet your needs.  Take care!