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How much is 516 petabytes?

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It's about eight times as much as The Books in the Library of Congress.
In other words, the amount of The Books in the Library of Congress is 0.1 times 516 petabytes.
(2009 figures) (digitized entire collection)
The total collection of books, photographs, and other media housed by the United States Library of Congress would occupy about 70 petabytes if fully digitized. The collection contains a total of 142,544,498 items as of 2009.
It's about ten times as much as Mozy.
In other words, the amount of Mozy is 0.1 times 516 petabytes.
(2009 figures) (total file storage)
Mozy, the online data backup service, stores about 50 petabytes of data backed up its users. Founded in 2005, Mozy's customer base has grown to 1 million personal and 60,000 business subscribers in just 5 years.
It's about one-tenth as much as The Internet.
In other words, the amount of The Internet is 10 times 516 petabytes.
(2005 figures) (estimated)
Although the Internet is continuously changing, a 2005 estimate by Google CEO Eric Schmidt was that the total amount of data on the Internet would measure about 5,000 petabytes. An estimated 1 trillion web pages are published on the Internet, excluding photos, videos, and music content.
It's about 100 times as much as The Letters Delivered by the Postal Service in 2010.
In other words, the amount of The Letters Delivered by the Postal Service in 2010 is 0.01 times 516 petabytes.
(2010 figures)
All letters delivered by the United States Postal Service in 2010 will equate to 5 petabytes (pB) of data if stored digitally. In delivering the mail, the Postal Service fleet travels a total of 1.25 billion miles annually.
It's about 150 times as much as Netflix's Watch Instantly catalog.
In other words, 516 petabytes is 164 times the amount of Netflix's Watch Instantly catalog, and the amount of Netflix's Watch Instantly catalog is 0.0061 times that amount.
(May, 2013 figures)
The uncompressed source copies of all the movies available for instant viewing on Netflix total 3.14 petabytes. According to estimates, videos streamed from Netflix account for about 29% of all Internet traffic
It's about 200 times as much as a Human Brain.
In other words, 516 petabytes is 210 times the amount of a Human Brain, and the amount of a Human Brain is 0.0048 times that amount.
According to Northwestern University psychology professor Paul Reber, the capacity of the human brain is a theoretical 2.5 petabytes. Each lobe of the brain consists of folded neural tissue with a total area, if unfolded, of about 0.24 sq. m.
It's about 200 times as much as The US Census Bureau.
In other words, 516 petabytes is 210 times the amount of The US Census Bureau, and the amount of The US Census Bureau is 0.0048 times that amount.
(a.k.a. United States Census Bureau, a.k.a. Bureau of the Census) (2010 figures) (total active data)
The United States Census Bureau administers 2.5 petabytes (pB) of demographic and population data gathered through the decennial census and other surveys. The Census Bureau makes the results of each census public 72 years after they are gathered.