Maxell is working on using holographic disks to store data in a three dimensional array. Initial storage capacity looks to be about 300 GB transferring at 160 Mbps , with expected capacity to rise to 1.6 TB within 5 years. That’s equivalent to about 63 DVD’s. With the size of hard drives rapidly escalating, it could prove to be an ideal, relatively inexpensive backup solution, with prices for the disks expected retail around $100. Not in the price range to eclipse the HD-DVD/Blu Ray standards for use as HD content delivery, but it will certainly make the option of using those as high capacity storage mediums in the PC world less appealing if ever offered as rewritable content. For now, I would be happy just to have something like this for a simple, fast way to archive all my data. Tape backup is slow and onerous, using a second HDD as a backup is just too expensive and not mobile enough, and external HDD’s are far slower as well as more expensive. If they can meet their expected launch date of September 2006, I think they have a jump on any competition with a winning combination of speed, price and mobility.
Posted by Jeff