How Much Storage Do I Need On My Laptop?

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Two common questions that can cloud your mind while you are looking for a new laptop is… how much storage do you need and if you should get HDD or SSD (all laptops should be SSD at this point).

In the section down below, we will provide you with a list of prerequisites that should be fulfilled before concluding “how much storage do I need on my laptop?”

Should I get HDD or SSD?

Our answer is… get the SSD for your laptop. However, we understand that your budget can be an issue. So if your budget is an issue then save your money and please get the SSD!

SSD is the best choice because of how reliable and safe they are for laptop users.

Our opinion between procuring an SSD or HDD for your laptop is essentially split between people who already own them; the distinguishing factor between these two kinds lies in the fact that in HDD, the information is stored on a spinning metal disk, while in case of an SSD, the information is collected in microchips.

The HDD is good if you are looking for something cheap with access to lots of storage, but, one of the drawbacks is that it can create a lot of noise as the storage is made up of moving parts. These moving parts may fail if accidentally dropped.

The SSD is our favorite because of its reliability and speed. You are guaranteed a smooth and swift performance as flash chips are invariably more accommodative, dependable and use less power. And with no moving parts, there is a low change for hard drive failure.

What do you use your laptop for?

This is important to figure out as the amount of work you use your laptop for matters. If you are a lightweight user, you may only use it for creating word documents, sending emails, and streaming your favorite shows. In such cases, 256GB of storage would be sufficient and would easily support a handful of games, applications, files, and others.

Even though 128GB of storage can be enough to store your data (especially if you plan to use cloud storage), you’ll probably be better off with more storage.

If you are like us and love having local backups of your videos and photos from your devices, then having at least 512GB+ of storage is a safe choice.

Is 512GB of storage enough?

If you aren’t a gamer or creative then probably so. Like we already mentioned, for photos and similar media files, you want more storage.

When there are distinct varieties of files to be added to your collection, 512GB or more is usually more than enough for 99% of the users out there. A big high-quality game can take up to 5GB of storage and a high-resolution 4K photo can take up to 1GB of storage.

So, if you are on a budget, you don’t have many options however if you’re not restricted by a budget then you want to go with more storage.

Are you a creative or a gamer?

Finally, if you are a laptop gamer, an influencer, or the creative type, chances are, you’ll probably want to get a laptop that can work seamlessly handle all your projects without worrying about running out of storage or carrying external hard drives. If you are not worried about the budget, select 1TB of storage as it will provide you with storage for a long time, but on the other side, it will cost you a little more than the regular.


Keeping it simple, with the storage question.

If you plan to do some light work and online video streaming then 128GB of storage is more than enough storage. Be prepared to do a lot of cloud saving if you decide to increase your gaming, photos, or video activity. This will always be the cheapest option.

If you plan to save some more media files or play many games, then 256GB – 512GB of storage should be enough (especially if you simply don’t want to rely on the cloud).

When your storage ever gets close to being full, you’ll have the opportunity to delete stuff that doesn’t matter or move it to the cloud as a way to keep your important stuff on your laptop.

And if you plan to save all of your stuff and want to do some gaming, massive photo archiving, or video creating then just save yourself the trouble and get 1TB. You’ll be set for a while and you won’t have to rely on the cloud.

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By Cartez Augustus

My name is Cartez and I'm a blogger from Houston, Texas focusing on content marketing strategies and tech gadgets.