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Calculations to help plan a big scanning project

Have a filing room full of paper that you are itching to get rid of? Without question, Symphony Profiler will dramatically optimize this process - but it's nice to get a feel for how much paper you actually have, and how much disk storage is going to be required as a result of finally going completely paperless. Over the years, we've accumulated quite a bit of data about scanned documents and thought it would be helpful if we presented some key metrics that can help you with planning a big scanning project:

How many pages are there?

  • Standard file box: 2,500 pages
  • Banker box: 5,000 pages
  • Vertical file cabinet: 4,000 pages/drawer
  • Lateral file cabinet: 6,000 pages/drawer

How much disk space per page?

  • Scanned black and white pages are typically between 60 and 100 KB per page
  • Grayscale and color scans can be substantially larger because compression algorithms aren't as effective. Unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise, we recommend scanning black and white.



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Kevin Day

Kevin Day

As Trumpet's CEO, Kevin excels at creating barely contained chaos. Kevin's specialty is thinking about things sideways, and coming up with non-obvious, yet beautiful solutions to challenges. When he's not busy helping the Trumpet team innovate, Kevin enjoys taking long (really long) mountain bike rides and playing basketball with his family. He's also crazy tall. And has no hair.