The Buzz Report: DVD storage is so over

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
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    Flying Llama

    Aug 4, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Hmm not bad of an article... raised a few good points, but the author seemed a little "i want this now!"

    Of course, I do too, many people do, but we don't, yet .
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2002
    sunny san diego
    what intrigues me is the that no one (as far as i've heard) has considered making smaller discs. blue ray/hd dvd is great, but what about the form factor. if you're gonna have a new format that won't be compatible with the dvd players we all have, why not break some new ground?! yes i know we all want to be able to play our old dvds on the hd dvd, so they make a multi-size tray that will work with both. anyway if they made the form factor smaller, say half the size, i think we'd all be more excited about the battle of blue ray/hd dvd.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    3" DVDs already exist. They're intended for use in those few camcorders that record straight to DVD.

    These discs only have a 1.4G capacity (about 30% of a full-size single-layer DVD's 4.7G capacity) so they're not terribly useful for other purposes, but there's no reason why you couldn't make HD-DVD or BluRay media in the same form factor.

    Assuming the ratios remain the same, a 3" HD-DVD disc would hold 4.5G (single layer) or 9G (double-layer) and a 3" BluRay disc would hold 7.5G (single layer) or 15G (double layer.) That's enough to be a useful alternative to current DVD media.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2003
    you wish
    Discs are so passé

    The article suggests something I´ve been doing for years; using external HDs for portable storage and back-up. I now have three back-up HDs on the shelf, containg the equivalent of more than 300 CDs. It may be three times the price, but it´s a much easier way of creating a tidy back-up archive for future file searches, saving lots of time – and cupboard space. HDs can crash and burn, but over the years so have quite a few of my CDs as well, even if they are kept in jewel cases.

    DVD/CD burning is at times required, but for personal storage I have no need for the high capacity disks on the horizon. As the article suggests, by the time they´re out, hopefully we have other means of loading those HD movies to our TV sets.
  6. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Dumb article. Do you plan of giving away HDs to clients or friends?
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    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Well, DVDs and the future versions of them might be a little long in the tooth - but I for one look forward to the new technology so I can backup and store all the friggin harddrives on my machines. Regular DVDs just don't cut it and 200 gig iPods won't be suitable for long time storage/archiving.

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    Flying Llama

    Aug 4, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Well some people want DVDs, but not the author, she wants hard drives. But not me. I want no moving parts. Like RAM, like compactflash and all the others. Sure they are more expensive now, but they are much faster and make no noise. This is the way of the future!
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2003
    ........oh great, DVD's are on their way out, and Superdrives aren't even a standard feature on Macs yet. :rolleyes:

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