I'm speccing a Site Collection, it's been proposed to merge two site collections in to a single, global site collection. I've read that a site collection has a 100GB recommended limit, so I'll go with that.

I'd like to measure the current Site Collection sizes. My question is how accurate is the Site Collection/Storage Metrics menu? Some people use Powershell for this, but I'm not skilled in it, some I'd like to rely on the Storage Metrics menu if I can! The trouble is for one of the Site Collections, the Storage Metrics only picks up partial data - for some of the sub-sites it find nothing significant, even though I know there are 100s of files saved there. (*although after waiting for some time, the Storage Metrics menu does detect significant content there - is it reliable though?).

What is my alternative - use Sharepoint Designer to check the Site Collection content database sizes? Or perhaps find someone who can run a Powershell script?

A bonus question/issue (this might be better as a separate question). We are using StoragePoint to 'externalise BLOB files' (basically it moves large files from the SQL-SP database to a location on the server - we've configured it at 3.99MB+). Would the Storage Metrics menu detect externalised BLOB files?

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