Tutorial: How To Fit +13,000 Terabytes of Data On A 15 Gigabyte USB Stick

Over the course of the last few months I have been neglecting my primary business site, so I figured I would write a brief article here today and combine it with my online tutorials series. Today’s article is simple, really, instructing internet users how easy it is to host and store massive amounts of data with even the simplest of technologies. Say for example you own a 15 GB USB stick, most people think that you can only hold 15 GB of data on it – right? However, as I will attempt to demonstrate, not only is this untrue, but given the right amount of knowledge and skill, you can actually host thousands of Terabytes worth of data on a simple 15 Gigabyte USB stick. In the remainder of this article, I will attempt to do my best to explain why you might as well look at a 15 GB data stick as home to potentially infinite amounts of data storage.

The perfect example of this phenomenon can be observed with WikileaksDeadman’s Switch” insurance file, which contains approximately 88 GB of data, but offered to the public in the form of a 110 KB torrent file download. For some perspective on this figure, you can fit 1,000,000 Kilobytes (KB) in 1 GB of data. So, if a 100 KB Torrent File essentially equals 88 GB of data storage, this means you can store approximately 13,200,000 GB of data on a 15 GB USB Stick – or 13,200 TB. Mind 💥 yet?

Download Wikileaks Encrypted Torrent File: https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/2016-06-03_insurance.aes256.torrent

Proof of Concept:

100 KB Torrent File = 88 GB Storage

100 KB of Normal Storage Space x 10,000 KB = 1 GB of Storage Space

88 GB x 10,000 = 880,000 GB of Storage Space in a 1 GB Torrent File

1 TB of Data = 1,000 GB of Data

880,000 GB x 15 GB = 13,200,000 GB or 13,200 TB of Data Storage in 15 GB USB Stick

As the math is clear, you can see that it’s indeed possible to store well over 13,000 Terabytes of data on something as small as a 15 Gigabyte USB stick – the standard size available at most computer hardware stores, at least here in the US. As for how to compress a file into a torrent, this is also extremely simple given the right software. In fact, making a torrent file is literally as easy or takes up as much time/energy as creating a zip file. All you need to do is install a 3rd party torrenting program, some of which you can find below, then use the programs setting to upload and compress your file into a torrent. It’s literally as easy as clicking 3 buttons!

Sample Demo Using uTorrent:

While this may be somewhat of an extreme example, you can also dramatically free up storage space by combing all of your documents/files into a singular or multiple zip files – drastically freeing up vast amounts of storage space on your computer or USB stick. For the purposes of this article I did not do the exact math for zip files, as torrents far and away compress the greatest amount of data into the smallest of locations.

Lastly, most people tend to stay away from torrent files because they think they are “illegal,” but this is merely just a fallacy. You see, just as with anything else in life, torrent files are what you make of them. It just so happens because of their storage capacity, most people on the DarkNet use torrents as a means to easily transport large amounts of data – usually illegal or stolen. However, a torrent file itself is only as illegal as the information you put on it. Meaning that it is only illegal if you put illegal information on it. If you are simply using your own files from your computer or work, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Top Torrenting Applications:

BitTorrent: https://bittorrent.com/
uTorrent: https://www.utorrent.com/
qBitTorrent: https://www.qbittorrent.org/
BitComet: https://www.bitcomet.com/en/
Vuse: https://www.vuze.com/