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500 GB squeezed into a DVD

So you thought the 50 GB dual-layered Blu-ray disc was big. Think again!
A University team from Berlin with its partners, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Italy have figured out how to pack 500 GB, that's right, 500 GB into a single HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc.

Dubbed the Microholas Project, they developed a microholographic recording technique, using nanostructures inside the disk rather than on the surface as you see in regular commercially available discs. This technique results in the increase in storage on the discs.

Professor Susanna Orl told German site Pressetext, even 1 TB (Terabyte) can be a possibility with this technique. Now that is huge!
She also said, the discs were not meant to just store all of your movies, but should be used for effective long-term storage.
Yeah! But do we agree?

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, July 10, 2007