Have you guys heard about FMD? Fluorescent Multilayer Disc? It's a new DVD-killer.
The manufacturers say it's 15 times bigger than a DVD-ROM and 200 times bigger than a CD-ROM. A CD-ROM = 650mb, so an FMD-disc = ~130 GigaByte...
It is made out of ten transparent layers lying on top of eachother, but it's the same physical size as a CD. So just how much do you think they'll charge us for a single disc durinbg the first year, huh?
Man this development is going too fast. The average joe hasn't even got use for a 40Gb harddrive.
I have 550 mp3- and wavsongs, 4 gigs of pictures and movies, five games installed at any given time, yet I don't need more than perhaps 15Gb on my HD. The rest is just slowing down my "Defrag". So why do the big corps force us to buy 30- or 40-Gb HD's with our new machines??? BECAUSE THEY CAN!!!
Sorry, the science mag I took the info from seems to be in fault. Here's some newer data, from an article at SysOpt.com
"FMD is an acronym which stands for Fluorescent Multilayer Disc. Whereas current DVD reflective technology only writes data to two layers on a CD, FMD technology allows data to be stored in multiple layers on a CD (up to 20 right now, and potentially up to 100 within a few years), while utilizing a red laser which maintains backwards compatibility with current CD, CD-R, and DVD formats.
Since each layer of a DVD data density format disc can store 4.7GB of data, 20 layers means approximately 95GB of storage on a single disc, with an access speed of 50-60ms and a data transfer rate of approximately 1 Gigabit per second. Constellation 3D's research has shown that 100 layers are possible, which would allow a single 120mm CD to store 450GB+. If a blue laser was utilized (which has a smaller wavelength than red laser, but is currently expensive to manufacture and too hot for consumer applications), 1 TeraByte is possible. If that isn't revolutionary, I don't know what is."
1 Terabyte on one plastic disc!!!!! Be still my heart...
I meant that the current range of storage devices are of a much bigger class and size than the public demand. They could wait a little longer until we really need these behemoth-harddrives, not just build them to be better than their competitors...
Yes of course people have different ways of using their HD and filling it.
I feel that one of the downsides with a mega-HD is similar to the problem with having a great lot of RAM. If you have 256Mb RAM or more, some applications takes longer to load. I know for a fact that Mac's take longer to start up the more memory they have. It's the same with harddrives, the spin-up/spin-down time takes longer. If you don't want to buy some advanced Ultra-DMA/Bigass-SCSI thing, costing you a fortune just to get good rounds per minute (10000, 15000).