How many gigabytes do I need for my computer?


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A good starting point for the gigabytes needed for a computer is the minimum space needed to run Windows 8, which is 16 gigabytes. However, the number of gigabytes of storage needed ultimately depends on personal preferences.

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While the minimum 16 gigabytes necessary to run Windows 8 is functional and also suffices for most other operating systems, it is only a minimum requirement, according to Microsoft. Computer owners need to weigh the importance of storing media against the cost of storage space. In good quality formats, a person can store approximately one movie, 200 pictures or 150 songs in a gigabyte. Meanwhile, storage space becomes increasingly less expensive with each year, As of 2014, a Seagate terabyte drive, which contains 1,024 gigabytes of storage space, costs about $65 from Newegg. With that in mind, it makes sense to overestimate one's needs rather than purchase a new hard drive in the near future.

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