Continuing advances in the technologies supporting wideband communications and information handling are leading to extremely large volume digital data systems. Until recently, conventional storage techniques, through evolutionary product improvements, have been able to keep pace with this growth. The point has been reached, however, where incremental improvements are becoming technically and economically impractical for these demands. Recognizing the limitations of conventional data storage and retrieval techniques, Rome Air Development Center (RADC) has actively pursued devel-opment of alternate techniques for this rapidly expanding field and their application to the areas of mass storage, archivability, and rapid access. An overview is provided of RADC efforts in the data storage and retrieval area which encom-passes high density magnetic, laser spot, laser holographic, and optical disk technologies with data bandwidths ranging up to 1000 megabits per second (MBPS) and total data storage capacities in the 1011 to 1012 bit region.