How Much Physical Media Would it Take to Store the Internet?

ROFL 03-10-2015

I don’t know if you knew this, but the Internet is really big How Much Traffic Do The Internet's Biggest Websites Get Each Day? This infographic will break down how much traffic sites like Google, Buzzfeed, and others actually see on a daily basis. The numbers are truly staggering. Read More . Like really, really, big. And it’s growing constantly, as more and more files are uploaded Google Drive Sign In & File Sharing Made Easy Google Drive is a cloud storage and online office service that comes with 15GB free storage and ingenious collaboration options. We show you how to access it and share documents with others. Read More to it every minute of each day. Trying to wrap your head around the size of the Internet is downright staggering, and it kind of gives you a headache just trying to think about it.

But we won’t let that stop us, as the infographic below uses the estimated size of the Internet to determine how much physical media Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the Disc and Other Physical Media? Read More would be required to store it all. The numbers are shocking.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

    What if all the data was converted back to analogue and stored on magnetic tape, C90 cassettes let's say. If somebody could work out how many of those would be required that would be really impressive.

  2. Anonymous
    October 3, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Eh, you know the Internet is a network of networks? Data in motion? Do you mean the web, the dark web, anything on those networks? How thick or big is a "Hard disk" or is a "SD Flash Drive"? How much does it store? Did you de-dupe or compress as you calculated?

  3. Anonymous
    October 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I'd like to know how much data gets added to the Internet each day.

  4. Anonymous
    October 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    The graphic is meaningless since what is meant by "The internet" is never defined. Is the data stored by the GHCQ, the NSA and other intelligence gathering organizations included in the size of the Internet? Or is it only the amount of total storage available at all the Internet sites? Does the term "The Internet" include the dark net?

  5. Rob Nightingale
    October 3, 2015 at 6:16 am

    This is amazing, though I'd like to know how much physical space is *sctually* taken up with all our data...