Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What Do 12 Terabytes of Data Look Like?

You might have heard about the ongoing $1 billion legal lawsuit between YouTube and Viacom, where a federal judge has recently ordered the Google to turn over records of all users and videos ever viewed on YouTube. That's 12 terabytes-worth of data, and that's what 12 terabytes look like:

*Image Courtesy Of Neatorama*

12 terabytes of information is roughly equivalent to:

- 5,280,000,000 single-spaced typewritten pages
- 1, 006,633 phone books
- 19,358 regular compact discs
- 2,614.5 DVDs
- 61.4 average-sized hard disks (200 GB)
- 9.6 human brains (the capacity of a human being’s functional memory is estimated to be 1.25 terabytes by futurist Raymond Kurzweil in The Singularity Is Near)
- all the data from Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope

Via - Neatorama

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