How Much Storage Do I Need on My Laptop?

Chris Campbell05 Feb 2022

When it comes to buying a new laptop, one of the factors to consider is how much storage space you'll need. Nowadays, laptops are equipped with a variety of storage capabilities, and there are several ways to keep files on your laptop.

The amount of storage you require on your personal laptop will be determined by your requirements. Usually, premium laptops come with a  standard 256GB storage capacity. For many people, this will most likely be a sufficient storage space for regular use.

How Much Storage Should a Laptop Have?

Storage is an essential aspect to consider when purchasing a Windows laptop or MacBook as that is where all of your data will be saved. In most cases, 512GB is the minimum storage capacity for a laptop.

Each operating system necessitates a unique amount of space:

  • For macOS installation, Apple advises 35.5GB storage space.
  • For installing the latest version of Windows 10, Microsoft suggests 32GB storage space.

The following are the various storage capacities that a laptop should have:

  • Laptops designed for educational purposes should have at least 512GB of storage space. This provides students with sufficient memory to store all of their files, photos, projects, and other personal documents. Those who require more storage space can purchase a laptop with 1TB of storage.
  • Storage capacity for professional use can range from 512GB to 1TB. Basic office work may not necessitate a large number of documents, and 512GB of storage should suffice. On the other hand, a laptop should have about 1TB of storage space in order to run special programs or work with a large number of documents on a regular basis.
  • Aside from the main purpose of the laptop, one should also consider the entertainment needs. Several people now use laptops for playing games or streaming online content, and a laptop with 1TB of storage space is ideal. It will offer you enough space to store your movies and games.

How Much Storage Does My Laptop Have?

Whatever laptop you have, it includes at least one hard drive that saves your data, programs, and settings. Models with internal storage beginning at 128GB are available for Windows laptops. There is usually a 250GB choice, a 512GB option, and a 1TB option. Laptops for Mac often include a 256GB storage drive or 512GB of internal storage. It makes no difference if the disk is a classic spinning disc or a more contemporary SSD. In any case, there are simple ways to check your storage.

Windows Laptop

The File Explorer is a quick and easy way to view how much storage space you have remaining, and just takes a few clicks:

  • To open the File Explorer, navigate to any folder.
  • Click "This PC" in the left panel on the left side of the folder. Alternatively, simply type "This PC" in the text field at the top of the folder.
  • You will see all of your hard drives listed, with the amount of storage space available beneath each disk.


To check the storage capacity of your Mac, go to "About This Mac:"

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left of your screen.
  • "About This Mac" will appear.
  • Select "Storage." You will see a stacked bar graph showing how much of your overall storage is taken up by various types of data. Over that is the amount of space still left on your hard disk.

How Much Storage Do I Need on My Laptop for College?

Whether it's a compact and lightweight word processor or a design and engineering powerhouse, college students can all agree that having a laptop will make their studies much easier. However, determining how to purchase a laptop that would, ideally, endure years to obtain a college degree may be difficult. After all, this is the gadget that will power your essay writing, note-taking, and, depending on your major, complex projects and presentations.

College laptops will require more or less capacity, depending on the student's major. Majors dealing with minor file sizes, such as essays or basic presentations, would be good with 256GB to 512GB, while majors such as media, engineering, and others may require more capacity owing to bigger file sizes and the number of applications required to do their job. In such a case, 1TB storage space should be sufficient.

How To Increase Storage on a Laptop

Whenever buying a laptop, you most likely do it depending on its specs. One of these factors was most certainly the size of its storage system. However, even if you get one with large storage space,  the disk could eventually fill up even before you're ready to replace the laptop. Luckily, there are several methods for increasing the storage capacity of a laptop. Some are more costly or need more technical knowledge than others. Select the option that best meets your requirements.

Here are ways to increase your laptop storage:

  • Upgrade internal drive. This is the ideal option if you perform a lot of offline work with your laptop and need a significant boost in your storage. It's also the handiest since it's integrated into the laptop and there's no need to worry yourself with connecting additional peripherals.
  • Use an external drive. If you just need a few files available all the time and only need to access most of your data on a rare basis, an external drive is your best option. In this instance, thumb drives and Micro-SD cards would be called external drives.
  • Cloud storage. Using cloud storage is free up to a certain amount. You'll just have to pay a tiny monthly cost after a specific limit, and you can even synchronize your laptop folders with Cloud storage.

You must realize that there is no perfect, one-fits-all, in determining the amount of storage space you need for your laptop. Laptops come with different storage capacities. The answer would depend on how you intend to use your laptop. Is it for school, work, entertainment, or gaming? Once you determine the primary purpose of your laptop, you can then decide on the storage capacity of your new laptop.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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