Google Photos is already responsible for the storage of 3,720 terabytes of pictures and videos.
To store that much data on your own would require 3,809,280 one-gigabyte flash drives. CNNMoney says that equals 119,040 pounds of the thumb drives.
Thumb drives can be purchased for around $2 a piece at 1GB these days, that means a cost of $7.6 million.
Keep in mind, those photos and videos are just for Google Photos, it doesn’t include attachments in Gmail or videos and photos sent through other Google services.
Google Photos is an app that users can place on their smartphone. Free storage is available and users can choose to upload photos from their phone and then delete them from their device if they want to save on space.
Google is currently engaged in a “race to zero” with other competitors. The company uses free services to expand its brand and to attract consumers and businesses to its growing array of paid platforms.