27 November 2005
Maxell's first holographic storage system will ship in late 2006, they say, with a storage capacity of 300 GB eventually expandable to 1.6 TB.
Terabytes on your desktop! At this point (meaning I don't do any video work on the PC), I can't even imagine 1.6 terabytes, which works out to 1,759,218,604,442 bytes, or 45,211,344 Commodore 64s (at 38911 BASIC bytes free). Posted at 7:31 PM to Entirely Too Cool , PEBKAC
I still remember what my father said to me when he presented me with my first laptop:
"The hard drive is 500 megabytes! 500! You don't have to ever worry about filling it up!"
I have a 40 GB drive on the desktop with about 10 GB left, and a 20 GB drive on the notebook with about 5 GB left. Filling up a terabyte or two will be ridiculously easy.
Soon, we can all have the Library of Congress archives on our PCs. Or a lot of downloaded porn.
My first HDD was 20MB, an external drive that took up the entire footprint of the MacPlus.
Once we have TBs on the desktop (terabytes, not tuberculosis) we'll have HD video to store, then super HD video, not to mention higher-quality sound recordings and 8 megapixel digicam images taken by the thousands (at 1.2MB a pop) so we'll just keep filling them up.
It will be exciting, though, to be able to buy an iPod Invisa, containing every picture EVER TAKEN.
Yes, it's 3:15. I have insomnia.
Err. I meant 2.2 MB a pop, or LOTS more if taken in RAW format.
Yep, still awake.
I saw another post promising this, and dismissed it. Having seen a couple of takes on it, I now take it seriously. Great backup device, capacious and (apparently) fast enough to let you back up multiple versions of documents. Yeah, it will outstrip Blu-ray if it does come to pass. I do take issue with the form factor, though - why isn't it the same size as a DVD/CD? I'd take the slightly lesser capacity for cosistency in size. (This is kind of a big deal for anyone who stores a lot of these things - I have some nice oak cabinest that have served since CDs were the big new thing.)
There's a mention in The Reg about a rival system that's working on DVD-sized holodiscs; they're supposed to hold 1 TB eventually, which is nothing to sneer at.