It's about one-and-one-third times as much as an iPod.
In other words, the amount of an iPod is 0.741 times 217 gigabytes.(a.k.a. Apple iPod) (2010 figures; for iPod classic, sixth generation)
A sixth-generation, iPod classic MP3 player offers a storage capacity of 160 gigabytes (gB). Data is stored in the unit's hard drive, a 5,400 RPM SATA drive, which measures about 30 sq. cm (5 sq. in)
It's about four times as much as Wikipedia.
In other words, 217 gigabytes is 4.1 times the amount of Wikipedia, and the amount of Wikipedia is 0.24 times that amount.(2009 figures) (all languages)
As of 2009, Wikipedia held 53 gigabytes (gB) of publicly written and edited encyclopedia articles on 14.5 million subjects as well as associated commentary and discussion. Wikipedia is among the ten most popular websites on the Internet and the only non-profit entity in that group.
It's about four-and-a-half times as much as a Blu-ray Disc.
In other words, the amount of a Blu-ray Disc is 0.23 times 217 gigabytes.(a.k.a. BD) (dual-layer; Blu-ray disc)
A typical Blu-ray disc will hold 50 gigabytes (gB) of data. The increase in capacity versus a standard DVD is possible because of the smaller wavelength of blue light — 405 nanometers instead of 650 nanometers for the red laser light used in a DVD.
It's about one-twentieth as much as Watson.
In other words, the amount of Watson is 19 times 217 gigabytes.(data store only)
Watson, the IBM supercomputer famous for competing against humans on the televised trivia game show Jeopardy!, utilizes 4,100 gigabytes of variously-structured data to formulate answers. While "thinking", Watson processes about 500 gigabytes of data per second.
It's about one-thirty-fifth as much as a Gap, Inc. Customer Database.
In other words, the amount of a Gap, Inc. Customer Database is 30 times 217 gigabytes.(a.k.a. The GAP Companies, a.k.a. Gap) (2012 figures)
The GAP Inc., the corporate parent of GAP store, Old Navy, and Banana Republic, has accumulated over 7,000 gigabytes of data on almost a billion customers. The GAP, Inc remains the largest apparel retailer in the United States and was the largest in the world from the mid-1990s until about 2008.
It's about 45 times as much as a DVD.
It's about 50 times as much as an HDTV Television Show (30 Minutes).
In other words, 217 gigabytes is 51.4 times the amount of an HDTV Television Show (30 Minutes), and the amount of an HDTV Television Show (30 Minutes) is 0.0195 times that amount.(a.k.a. High Definition television, a.k.a. HD) (digital signal, QAM-256; 30 minutes)
Broadcast cable HDTV signals contain about 0.00234 gigabytes of data per second, or 4.22 gigabytes (gB) in a thirty-minute television show. The first High Definition television broadcast was news footage from John Glenn's 1998 mission on the space shuttle Discovery.