1 Terabyte on one optical disk?

By Phantasm66 ยท 5 replies
Sep 27, 2004
  1. I remember when 650 MB seemed like all the storage in the world. Back in the days when CD-ROM first appeared, it felt like that was all you would ever need. But then, of course, along came mp3s, Divx, broadband and all sorts of other stuff. Suddenly, that CD-RW drive seemed like it was always burning something, and now and again you'd find some 705MB movie or something that would just not fit on a CD. OK, DVD-RW to the rescue. Now you can store 6 or 7 movies, and thousands of mp3s, on one DVD. But how long will it be before the space afforded by DVD-RW stops being enough?

    Physicists at Imperial College London have described a means of encoding up to 1 TB (Terabyte) of data on a single DVD or CD. A DVD which had this kind of capacity would store 472 hours of video.

    Called MODS - for Multiplexed Optical Data Storage - by the Imperial College team, this format is enough to store every episode of "The Simpsons" ever made on one disk. Its enough to store the Lord of the Rings trilogy 13 times over, or all 238 episodes of Friends.
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    now that is cool! dvds really arent that big or that great, going from a 1.44MB floppy to a 650MB cd is a bit different than 650MB to 4700MB. Maybe this could be a solution?
  3. Moimit

    Moimit TS Rookie Posts: 76

    how quickly will this emerge into the general market? what type of drive will be needed to access it? and if you can use this "Mods" algorithm why not use it to help make the next set of hard disk drives. does this also mean that our favourite "debbie does..." can be all put on one disk and be watched in HDTV. oh i can't wait.
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    wont be here for several years im sure, if the technology is even used, tons are being invented/made.
  5. Moimit

    Moimit TS Rookie Posts: 76

    damn i might need a bigger hard drive before then. hey isnt blue ray coming soon?
  6. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    yeah ps3 will use it, but i havnt heard of anything else support/using it.
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