"500GB data discs unveiled"

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  1. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    It certainly would come in handy right about now, for me at least. The number of DVD's I have is slowly starting to get out of hand.

    "500GB data discs unveiled"

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/28/2554363.htm

     
  2. Stooge007

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    Zip disks all over again :lol:

    nah, i can't see 500gb as being outdated any time soon
     
  3. mitsimonsta

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    Would make a complete backup of 4TB feasible (8 discs) but at what cost???

    Almost better to buy hard disks on a cost basis I should think....
     
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  4. MrSmoke

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    wow that sounds futuristic :D
     
  5. HUMMER

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    500GB disc "ub3r pr0n edition"
     
  6. stuii

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    so how much does the burner and the media cost?
     
  7. Fortigurn

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    Well since there isn't a commercial product yet, and the only discs are in the lab, I'd say this is going to be a while coming.
     
  8. Big Trev

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    This is a proof of concept, not a product showing:

    http://techfragments.com/news/715/H...ay_-_GE_Shows_Off_500GB_Holographic_Disc.html
    The same as all new storage technologies, IMHO they will first be released at "enterprise" pricing; the first production units would need to be comparable in price to similar levels of existing technology, like tape backup. They'll be expensive.
     
  9. stevo4

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    Not really.
    What is the break through here?

    And not really new.
    I guess thay haven't heard of Inphase Technologies.
    http://www.inphase-technologies.com/default.asp?tnn=1


    In 2008 a burner cost $18K.
    And 300GB discs $180 US.

    No pricing on the 800GB or 1.6TB versions.

    The issues with this technology is the reliability and life time of the media.
     
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  10. Stooge007

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    and how much were CD-R's and the like when they first came out?

    eventually they'll become as cheap as CD-R's are today (i.e. disposable and replaceable)
     
  11. stevo4

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    The whole argument that new tech will eventually become cheaper, does not work for everything.

    Theres a lot more than just saying that, for that to become a reality.
     
  12. Hohne

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    CD-R's despite following the typical price curve of new technology, when they arrived at an affordable level, you could still backup your hard drive using only two of them. CD's themselves for many years were far in excess of the capacity of the largest hard drives. Despite advances, optical media is falling further and further behind magnetic or even electrical media.

    It was good times when 'just buying another hard drive' to backup your files was silly, as hard drives were useful only for their speed, optical media was comparatively cheap and offered plentiful storage. At least then it was easy to have that reliable off site backup of everything.
     
  13. TX3

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    I read about holographic discs capable of 100's of GB years ago in a PC Magazine (2005 I think it was). The discs will apparently spin quite slow compared to DVD/CD's
     
  14. aza2001

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    I dono about you guys, but honestly 500GIG on a dvd is ok, but I would prefer something a little better than media that get scratches and cannot last the test of time.

    If I were using it for archiving I would use something similar to a tape system. 800/ 1.6TB compressed and the tapes only cost like $80 but i know the tape units costs alot more.

    It just doesn't seem resonable at all when the tech is already here...
     
  15. stevo4

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    Why we havent seen much of this technology to date.

    Not when we already have proven reliable tech already available.
    With similar capacities or better, for less.
    And much faster write times.
     
  16. bl4ck32

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    I just wish that dual layer dvd prices would come down already....there is no reason that they still should be charging over $4 a disc for a quality brand one.
     
  17. stevo4

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    Probably still worried about making it too easy for ppl to pirate DVD's.
     
  18. Alpha2k6

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    I would be a little woried about scratches too if having backups of 5Tb on 10 optical disks..

    A cartridge like this would seem like a good idea to prevent scratches.
    CD-R used to have these too in the beginning. This is a minidisk.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I wish the price of BD-R would come down to DVD-R.. seriousley do they really cost any more to make ??
     
  20. stevo4

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    The Inphase disc's I mentioned above, are in a cartridge.

    ie

    Click to view full size!
     

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