Holographic Storage is Here, Costs a Lot

For those of you who were hoping holographic storage would be the solution to piles of Bittorrented DVD movies sitting on your desk, well, that day's not here yet. Instead, holographic storage, which holds up to 300GB on a single disk, is an expensive proposition seeing as the disks cost $180 each and the drive costs $18,000.

Here are a couple more reasons to wait. InPhase, the makers of the drives, say they're planning on raising storage to 1.6TB by 2010, as well as hopefully raising drive speeds, which are stuck at 20MBps right now. An interesting start to what may be the holographic era, but for the meantime we'll be sticking to DVDs and standard hard disks, thanks.

InPhase begins shipping holographic storage [The Register via Crunchgear]