How many D800e RAW files will fit on a 1TB external hard drive?

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Questions thread
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Re: How many D800e RAW files will fit on a 1TB external hard drive?
In reply to AofA, Apr 8, 2013

AofA wrote:

i'm just thinking about storage.

i'm an artist that works in photo and video.

my Mac has Thunderbolt.

i'm looking for a Thunderbolt enabled external HD,

but i'm not sure how much storage i need,

or do i need a raid?

i already own a 1TB G-Tech external HD,

and a 500MB G-Tech portable HD.

i don't keep my photos or videos on my computer.

My D800 (not E) raw files average around 40 MB each. According to a Google query, there are 1,048,576 MB in a Terabyte. So 1,048,576 / 40 = about 26,000 files.

That sounds low to me. Anyone care to correct my math?

RAID storage provides redundancy, so that a single failed drive doesn't necessarily cause data to be lost. It's designed for reliability and maximum uptime. But it's not the same as backup. Independent backup is most important.

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