Eternal data storage

University of Southampton:

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. As a very stable and safe form of portable memory, the technology could be highly useful for organisations with big archives, such as national archives, museums and libraries, to preserve their information and records.

Since it’s using femtosecond laser pulses to write data, I can only assume it’s pretty fast to store and retrieve information, as well. There’s no mention of rewrite capability, though, so this might be a long-term-archive-only type of storage. Which is still okay, because when you can fit 360 TB on a single disc, you don’t need to erase things. Store system volume information on an SSD and actual files on a crystal drive, you could have a computer with a ridiculous amount of storage. I’m hoping this one makes it to the ‘available for sale’ stage soon.

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