We get so many questions about types of storage devices, formats, and capacities that we figured they are worthy of one comprehensive blog post. Delivery devices are what you receive from us! We’ll add some of the questions to our FAQ section, but let’s dive in for now. These are common questions we get from customers every day. Q: I have X number of photos. How many will fit on the Y device? Rule of Thumb: A picture scanned at 300 dpi averages about 500KB, while a 600 dpi file averages about 1.5MB. Translation: We can fit about 9,000 of your photos on a single DVD (300dpi); even at higher 600dpi resolution, we can fit over 3,000 pictures on one DVD. Our smallest USB flash drive holds 8GB of data, translating to over 15,000 images at 300 and over 5,000 at 600 dpi. Q: I have X number of 35mm slides/negatives. How many will fit on the Y device? Rule of Thumb: Our average slide file is around 6MB, with a standard 4-8MB range depending on the images. Since all of our slides are scanned at over 4,000 dpi, the file sizes are more significant than for photos. Translation: We can get 700-800 images from slides or negatives on a single DVD. And about 1,300 images on our smallest flash drive. Q: I have X number of videotapes. How many will fit on the Y device? Rule of Thumb: (and we assume all these tapes are full tapes) VHS tapes recorded in SP mode take up roughly 4GB of space. Smaller camcorder tapes of various formats, about 2-3 GB, take slightly less space. Translation: We generally put one movie on one single DVD, regardless of the size, so you usually get 1 DVD for each videotape. We make exceptions for concise videos or tapes that are not full. Regarding USB flash drives, we try to put as many movie files as possible on one flash drive to save you money. 30 VHS tapes will average about 120GB of total storage, which will fit onto a 128GB flash drive. The largest flash drive we provide customers is a 256GB drive, which will hold about 50 movies on VHS. With over 50 tapes, we will steer you towards the external hard drive and away from DVDs and flash drives. Q: What are the actual capacities for each device? DVD (standard): 4.7GB DVD (dual-layer): 8.5GB Flash drives: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64 GB, 128GB, 256GB External hard drive: 1TB Q: What about special formats, like RAW and TIFF? We deliver RAW and TIFF files to customers who want them; these files are usually huge, in the 25-40MB range for a single image. Professional photographers and editors tend to gravitate towards these formats, but most of our customers (99%) do not need them. Q: Have you ever had an order come in that was too large for your devices? No.