It's about as much as The Google Earth database.
As of 2006, Google was storing 72,200 gigabytes of raw image and index data for its satellite photo and virtual globe application, Google Earth. The application offers high resolution satellite imagery of 60% of the populated areas of the world, according to 2010 estimates.
It's about seven-tenths as much as The LHC Data Generated per Second.
In other words, the amount of The LHC Data Generated per Second is 1 times 72,200 gigabytes.(a.k.a. Large Hadron Collider) (2008 figures)
Capturing millions of measurements per second on millions of subatomic particles, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) facility in Geneva generates 100,000 gigabytes of data every second. Data collection arrays are placed throughout the LHC's 8.6 km (5.3 mi) circular track.
It's about one-and-two-thirds times as much as The Amazon.com's databases.
In other words, 72,200 gigabytes is 1.66625 times the amount of The Amazon.com's databases, and the amount of The Amazon.com's databases is 0.60015 times that amount.(largest databases only; 2005 figures)
Amazon.com maintains information on the millions of items sold on it's e-Commerce website and the websites of its affiliate companies, as well as information on customer orders and browsing history, and excerpts from nearly a quarter-billion books in databases totaling an estimated 44,370.9 gigabytes of data. Amazon.com receives over 615 million visits to its US website each year.
It's about three-fifths as much as The Hubble Telescope.
In other words, 72,200 gigabytes is 0.57 times the amount of The Hubble Telescope, and the amount of The Hubble Telescope is 1.8 times that amount.(a.k.a. Hubble Space Telescope, a.k.a. HST) (2008 figures)
Between its launch in 1990 and 2008, the Hubble Space Telescope gathered 120,000 gigabytes of images and other data about astronomical phenomena. Last upgraded during a service mission in 1999, the onboard computer of the Hubble Telescope has just 0.002 gigabytes of operating memory (RAM) — less than most smartphones.
It's about half as much as Despicable Me.
In other words, 72,200 gigabytes is 0.496 times the amount of Despicable Me, and the amount of Despicable Me is 2.02 times that amount.(2010) (Production data)
The 2010 digitally-animated film Despicable Me was developed by Illumination Entertainment and Mac Guff Ligne and used 145,000 gigabytes. The film had a running time of 95 minutes.
It's about half as much as The IRS Compliance Database.
In other words, 72,200 gigabytes is 0.46 times the amount of The IRS Compliance Database, and the amount of The IRS Compliance Database is 2.2 times that amount.(a.k.a. Internal Revenue Service) (2006 figures)
The United States Internal Revenue Service's compliance database holds more than 150,000 gigabytes of data on tax returns and other records. Each year of tax records occupies between 18,000 gigabytes.
It's about three-tenths as much as Pandora.
In other words, 72,200 gigabytes is 0.28 times the amount of Pandora, and the amount of Pandora is 3.6 times that amount.(a.k.a. Pandora Radio) (2011 figures)
Pandora, the online radio and song recommendation service, stores 260,000 gigabytes of music. Its music recommendation service categorizes each song in its library using 400 attributes and 2,000 attribute combinations.