Storage Requirements

By Walton Dell
December 28, 1998

The following is a comparison of the storage requirements of various types of data.

Please see also:  My article, Bits and Bytes, and my definitions of bit and byte.



Approx. size:

One page letter or email with only text (TXT) (no formatting or pictures) 10KB
A photo stored as a compressed JPG (medium-resolution) 50KB
Low-resolution Windows wallpaper (BMP uncompressed) 300KB
High-resolution Windows wallpaper (BMP uncompressed) 1000KB
About 30 seconds of low-quality compressed video 1000KB
About 30 seconds of low-quality uncompressed video 6000KB


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