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April 14, 2021

Effective Ways to Manage Photo Storage

The Failsafe Solution to Photo Storage

In 2021, the total value of global expenditure on data storage units is forecast at $78.1B. But when it comes to the computing market, storage, and hosting, the figure is expected to top out at $162.8B. In Q2 2019 global shipments of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) were 283M units, and 64.4M units of Solid State Drives (SSDs) . Despite their popularity, Hard Disk Drives are losing out to The Cloud.

As of 2020, the total share of corporate data safely stored in the Cloud was an incredible 50%. Plus, the majority of that data was made up of  file sharing and storage. Even more impressive from a technological adoption perspective is that some 94% of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) used the cloud for data storage purposes in 2019.                                                  

[All data collected by Statista]          

Digital Photo Storage: Facts & Figures

The quality of a digital image is dependent upon the format used to save the image. There are scores of formats with which to save images, including the top 3 used formats: RAW, TIF, and JPEG. The latter option, JPEG is undoubtedly one of the most commonly-used digital photo storage formats.

 It goes by the abbreviations JPE, JPG, or JPEG. It was developed in the 1980s, and it features several different types of compression such as low compression, moderate compression, and high compression. Every time an image is modified with JPEG files and saved, the image is degraded. Even so, it is regarded as one of the best ways to save space with images, because file sizes are small.

Dropbox (News - Alert) is a quality photo storage app for use with JPEG files. It is easy to  seamlessly upload and transfer image files to the cloud, and share them with family, friends, and colleagues. The Dropbox option also facilitates cost-effective  synchronization and backup of photo files, video files, and text files to the cloud. These can then be accessed at any time, from anywhere, by anyone who has the link to the files.

Consider the Following Digital Image File Sizes:

File storage costs are directly related to file size. Since photo files take up lots of space on hard drives, cloud storage services are preferred by a growing number of users. Consider the following file sizes for standard photo formats:

  • JPEG 100% – 2.6 MB for a 3Mp image, and 10.2 MB for a 15 Mp image
  • TIF uncompressed 24 bit RGB – 9.2 MB with 3 Mp image, and 44.1 MB with 15 Mp image
  • TIF LZW compressed 48 bit RGB - 12.7 MB for 3 Mp image, and 53.0 MB for 15 Mp image

There are 2 ways to store digital photos. The first of them is a physical storage device. This is the traditional route, and encompasses 1 or more hard disk drives to protect against loss, damage, or theft. The more HDDs you have, the lower the overall risk of losing valuable photo files. A caveat is in order with HDDs: they are susceptible to malfunction, such as technical failure, software-related issues, or internal damage.

The other option available to businesses and individuals for storing digital photos is cloud-based storage, such as Dropbox. Cloud photo storage options are increasingly popular among a large and growing base of users. With Dropbox, clients can rely on the user-friendly interface for transferring photo files from mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, or phablets direct to the cloud.

With significant space provided for individuals and team members, Dropbox dovetails as the ideal blend of functionality, and feature-rich performance. For individuals, there are many features such as sync technology, full integration on your computing device, access anytime, anywhere, by anyone, and safe, secure, and instant sharing.

Dropbox offers complete peace of mind with 56-bit AES and SSL/TLS encryption protocols across all plan options. The amount of storage space available with Dropbox facilitates use of any photo file storage format, including JPEG, TIF, and RAW.


As a Fortune 500 company, Dropbox offers added peace of mind, security, and feature-filled functionality. To date, 14 million+ users have chosen Dropbox as their preferred cloud storage option for photos, files, videos, and text. Whether you’re using your Android (News - Alert) smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, PC, or Mac, Dropbox delivers on expectations as a powerful photo and file storage application.

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