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May 22, 2005, 07:59 PM
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Link: TDK touts 100GB recordable Blu-ray Disc (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050522205924)

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mad jew
May 22, 2005, 08:05 PM
From the article:


200GB appears to be the limit...


That's insane! It's better than any current laptop!

poundsmack
May 22, 2005, 08:20 PM
how does hd dvd even think thye have a chance at competition?

Fiveos22
May 23, 2005, 01:24 PM
Here's a good explanation about the perks and quirks of both hd dvd and blu-ray

Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050517-4917.html)

Mr. Anderson
May 23, 2005, 01:38 PM
I'd just love to see one of these come preinstalled on a Power Mac....

It will be nice to have a decent option for the archiving/backup capability for the current harddrives instead of having stacks of DVDs.....

ham_man
May 23, 2005, 01:43 PM
That is off the chain. It is like the ZIP drives of the future, except thousands of times better. Imagine a disc no larger than a CD case that has more storage space than my entire PB hard drive. Mind boggling.

shamino
May 23, 2005, 05:30 PM
That's insane! It's better than any current laptop!
Insanity is relative. It really depends on what you plan on doing with it.

As a file-transfer medium (like CDs today), for consumers it's pointless. Very few people are going to have that much stuff to transport.

As a professional file-transfer medium, it is useful. Think of stuff like recording sessions. At 24-bit/192KHz sampling without compression (what studios often use today), 200G will let you store about 2 hours of 48-track recording, or 4 hours of 24-track. This means you can carry the raw unmixed audio for an entire double-album or feature-length movie on a single disc.

It's also wonderful as a backup medium. A 200G disc can back-up 200G of uncompressible data (typically files that have already been compressed, like ZIP, JPG and MP3). At 1.5:1 compression (what you get with a typical mix of non-compressed data), it can hold 300G - enough to easily store the entire contents of all but the largest hard drives.

If you incorporate these 200G discs into a CD-changer type mechanism, then you've got enough capacity to use it for data-center type backups. A 10-disc changer will hold 2TB of data. A hypothetical 200-disc changer (like the ones you can get for your stereo system) with one of these 200G drives, could hold 40TB - enough to back up all but the largest servers.

shamino
May 23, 2005, 05:33 PM
I'd just love to see one of these come preinstalled on a Power Mac....

It will be nice to have a decent option for the archiving/backup capability for the current harddrives instead of having stacks of DVDs.
That's part of my plan. When the 100G BluRay drives become available commercially at a reasonable price, I plan on installing one on my Mac (don't know if I'll go internal or external). I will start using it for my backups instead of my VXA-1 tape drive (which stores 33G on each $60 tape). The savings in terms of both time and media-cost will be well worth it.

200G would be even nicer for this purpose, but (at least now) it's unnecessary for me.