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What is storage capacity?

StorageStorage capacity is a measurement of how much data you can store on a memory device. In computing, one unit of information is measured as one bit. Larger units can be converted as follows:

  • 8 bits = 1 byte
  • 1024 bytes = 1 kilobyte (KB)
  • 1024 kilobytes = 1 megabyte (MB)
  •  1024 megabytes = 1 gigabyte (GB)
  • 1024 gigabytes = 1 terabyte (TB)

The HDD or SDD in a desktop computer or tablet typically provides 320GB–1TB of built-in storage. The internal storage on a tablet is typically 16GB–64GB.

How much storage capacity do I need?

The amount of storage you need depends on the type of media you would like to store on your device. Videos tend to take up the most space, followed by apps and games, then music files. Photos and documents tend to have relatively small file sizes.

When buying a new device, bear in mind that you will not be able to use the full storage capacity advertised, as some will be taken up by preloaded data like the operating system. As an example, the formatted capacity on a new 16GB iPad is approximately 12–14GB.

How much storage capacity do I have on my device?

You can find out how much storage capacity is available on your device by following the instructions for your operating system:

  • Windows PC or laptop: Start > System > Storage
  • macOS: Apple menu > About this Mac > More Info > Storage  
  • iOS: Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage
  • Android: Settings > Storage

If you're a LetUsFixIT customer, don't hesitate to contact our tech team for assistance.

How can I increase my device's storage capacity?

Cloud storage allows you to store files online, so that they don't take up space on your device. However, you will need an internet connection to access them.

You can also use external storage devices, like external hard drives, USB sticks or SD cards. However, you will need to ensure that they are compatible with your device — iPads, for example, do not have a USB or SD card port.

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