How Many Photos Can 1TB Hold?

how-many-photos-can-1tb-holdHow many photos can 1 terabyte hold? To start, it can store a ton of pictures. If you have a large digital picture collection, then this is a good storage size to have, as you can store thousands of pictures comfortably.

In the table below, I will give some insight into the storage capacity of 1TB and you should be able to get a good idea of how many pictures can be stored.

How Many Pics Can Fit on 1TB?

As a note, the information that is presented below is based off real world estimates (file sizes). The storage device has the possibility to hold more or less photographs, it depends on many different factors which could be anything for the data size of the picture as well as the megapixel at which the photo was taken.

Estimates used:

1 MP = 1,000,000 pixels

1MB = 1,000,000 bytes, 1GB = 1,000MB

JPEG 100% Quality = Visually lossless JPEG compression with 1:10 ratio of RAW image

Photos – Compressed (JPEG 100% quality) Images per card. (info by Sandisk)

Megapixels File size (MB) 1TB
4MP 1.2     732,416
5MP 1.5     585,920
6MP 1.8     488,256
7MP 2.1     418,496
8MP 2.4     366,208
10MP 3.0     292,960
12MP 3.6     244,128
14MP 4.2     209,248
16MP 4.8     183,104
22MP 6.6     133,152

I have crafted a table for those of you who shoot RAW photos with your DSLR. Off the bat, 2 terabytes is going to hold less pictures, because RAW photos are uncompressed.

Megapixels File size (MB) 1TB
4MP 12.0       73,216
5MP 15.0       58,592
6MP 18.0       48,800
7MP 21.0       41,824
8MP 24.0       36,608
10MP 30.0       29,280
12MP 36.0       24,384
14MP 42.0       20,896
16MP 48.0       18,304
22MP 66.0       13,312

As you can see, 2TB can hold a ridiculous amount of photos. However, if you have been stockpiling digital pictures over years, 2TB might not be enough for some people. At least this gives you some insight into the possible storage capacity of your storage drive.

If you want to look at other storage sizes, I have guides on 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 GB, & 2 TB.

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