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February 16, 2016

These 360 TB Discs Will Last for 13.8 Billion Years

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Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by femtosecond laser writing.
The storage allows unprecedented properties including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000°C and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (13.8 billion years at 190°C) opening a new era of eternal data archiving. ォTwistedSifter

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 16, 2016 9:55 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Being an octogenarian, I really don't need anything that will last that long.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 7:16 AM

The disc holds vast amounts of information, and it will last a zillion years, but what about the machines needed to retrieve the data? Fancy ass disc ain't no good without a fancy ass computer.

JWM

Posted by: John M [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 7:16 AM

Pity the Magna Carta has unraveled after only 800 years, though.

Posted by: Casey Klahn [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 7:51 AM

JWM, yep. The discs are apparently meant to be read via polarized microscope. So, microfiche 2.0.

I'm sure that will never get obsolete.

Posted by: Juliecork [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 9:21 AM

Guess I'll have to buy the White Album again.

Posted by: plus.google.com/104841162830331053592 [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 9:38 AM

Glass is only as good as the stuff that protects it.

My white album is tan.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 9:59 AM

How well do they hold up to sledgehammers?

Well, it is something to take into consideration.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 10:16 AM

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