Cloud Storage Space


One of the first steps when deciding on any cloud storage service is to determine how much online backup storage space you really need. This can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with the amount of data that is stored on your computers hard drive.  There are a couple of easy methods to determine how much space your current files and folders are using.

Cloud Storage File Types

For a Quick Overview

  • Start -> Computer
  • Look for your drives, and not the value of your C: drive.  For example 584GB of 683GB
  • Simply subtract the value from the total, and that will give you the size of your C: drive

However, with cloud storage you have the ability to pick and choose which files you will send to the online backup service that you select.  Some customers want to only backup up their photographs, music, and videos.  While others elect to backup their entire computer in case of a complete loss.  Whatever category you find yourself in, there is an cloud storage solution tailored to your needs.

Check the Size of Files and Folders

  • Navigate to the File or Folder
  • Right Click the File or Folder
  • Select Properties
  • View the File Size

This method will allow you to see the size of various files and folders that you may choose to backup.  Simply add the total file size of all your files and folders that you have deemed important, and this will give you a rough idea of how much cloud storage space you really need.  It is recommended that you purchase more than you need to give you room for growth throughout the years.  However, this is a decision that is best made by you and your cloud storage requirements.

To give you an idea of a typical 25GB Online Backup Plan, the following would be an example of what you could store

  • 6,000 Songs
  • 7,000 Photos
  • 100 Hours of Video
  • 125,000 Word Documents
  • 25,000 PowerPoint Presentations
  • 200,000 Spreadsheets

Keep in mind that this is just a guide, and it is important for you to determine your storage needs.  If you need any help in choosing your cloud storage service space needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.