Sharp to Set Record for World's Largest Capacity Disc

We've sure come a long way since the days of 1.44MB floppy disks and the like. Beginning July 30, 2010, Sharp will beginning selling its VR-100BR1 triple-layer Blu-ray disc media, a write-once disc capable of storing up to 100GB of data.

"This disc media product conforms to the new BDXL format specification that extends the storage capacity of Blu-ray discs to 100GB, twice the 50GB storage capacity of existing dual-layer discs," Sharp said. "This new format enables recording approximately 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV broadcasts or approximately 8.6 hours of BS digital TV broadcasts."

This ranks as the world's first triple-layer Blu-ray media to come with 100GB of storage capacity. To keep all that data safe, Sharp says its VR-100BR1 discs will come with a "hard coat" process to prevent scratches and fingerprint contamination.

All this technology comes at a price, however, and users living in Japan can expect to pay about 5,000 yen (US$60) per disc.
Via:  Sharp
Inspector 4 years ago

Wow... Time for me to get a blueray drive for myn computer... And start burnig some files... Lol. What would you guys do with 100 GB blueray disk?

ASilverfox 4 years ago

Honestly? I'd probally back up all my torrent-ed files, and some ***.

azimav 4 years ago

That would be one hell of an expensive coaster.

acarzt 4 years ago

lol azimav, that was my thought exactly...

I'd use it as a coaster... I don't see a point in putting anything on discs. I'd rather just back up to an other hard drive.

Nethersprite 4 years ago

"I'd use it as a coaster... I don't see a point in putting anything on discs. I'd rather just back up to an other hard drive."

Other hard drives fail too, particularly if they're a loose external drive and not bolted into a case. The allure of a Blu-Ray disc to me (especially one this size) is that their coating is allegedly scratch-proof. So as long as you don't set your optical media collection on fire or throw it into a river, a Blu-Ray disc should actually be more secure than a hard drive. Thoughts?

Another interesting question to ask is whether or not this media is compatible with older Blu-Ray drives. I don't think older burners can write to it, but if they can't read it that's just a ripoff.

acarzt 4 years ago

Well let's look at how a Blu Ray disc is going to be used...

You're going to put it in your computer... spend hours performing a back up... take it out of your computer and stick it in storage.

Congratulations you just backed up 100GBs for $60.

Let's say you have 500 GBs you needs to back up.

You're looking at $300 + cost of burner... so over $400.

For that amount of money I can buy a 1TB hard drive... put it in my computer... backup my data...

Buy a fire proof lock box.

Place my 1TB drive in the lock box and put it somewhere safe til I need it.

Or, for $400 I can get a cheap NAS with a pair of HDDs in a RAID 1 and have constant backups scheduled whenever I need them to be and i'll have redundancy if a drive fails.

3vi1 4 years ago

I'm with Acarzt: I just don't know what the market is that would need such high densities when the worlds moving to digital download for distribution, and external HD's are so much faster for backup purposes.

AKwyn 4 years ago

Well I would like to have less discs when I purchase a TV Season Box Set, maybe Blu-Ray can fit that specific purpose.

acarzt 4 years ago

That would probably GREATLY increase the price of the box set lol

You'd probably be looking at an extra $40-50 on top of the already high price.

sackyhack 4 years ago

I'm with Taylor on this. TV shows would certainly be more expensive, but not by such a huge margin. Production companies can buy disks and disk production tools in bulk and get discounts, but we can't. So it may not be so practical for the end-consumer, but it could be pretty useful for games and tv shows.

acarzt 4 years ago

this technology would still be very expensive to even production companies.... and those costs are going to be carried over to us. It would without a doubt be much more expensive.

animatortom 4 years ago

You can get 800GB drives for around that!

About the only ones this might benefit will be the gaming community. I am also sure this is why the internal BR drives have been coming down in price. they might even start to try and sell you new home theatre players in the $500 range to adjust the market. You might even have to buy a new PS3 that can handel reading the new discs:P

realneil 4 years ago

The cost of the burner plus the media @60 bucks a pop is prohibitive at best. And screwing one up would indeed make a vastly expensive coaster. One little power glitch would do it too.

The 'Leading Edge' is truly the 'Bleeding Edge', is it not?

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