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    Hitachi claims glass data storage will last millions of years

    Until you break it, that is
    By Iain Thomson in San Francisco Get more from this author
    Posted in Storage, 24th September 2012 19:21 GMT
    Hitachi is showing off a storage system using quartz glass that it claims will retain data for hundred of millions of years.
    Company researchers displayed the storage unit, consisting of a sliver of glass 2cm square and 2mm thick, which can hold 40MB of data per square inch, about the same as a standard CD. The data is written in binary format by lasering dots on the glass in four layers, but the researchers say adding more layers to increase storage density isn't a problem.
    "The volume of data being created every day is exploding, but in terms of keeping it for later generations, we haven't necessarily improved since the days we inscribed things on stones," Hitachi researcher Kazuyoshi Torii told AFP. "The possibility of losing information may actually have increased," he said, pointing out that CDs and tape storage are predicted to last less than a few decades at best, and in many cases fail within years.
    The glass has been shown to retain its data undamaged after being heated to 1,000 Celsius (1,832 Fahrenheit) for over two hours, and is impervious to radiation, water, and most forms of chemicals. Hitachi said the data could conceivably be retrievable hundreds of millions of years in the future.
    "We believe data will survive unless this hard glass is broken," said senior researcher Takao Watanabe




    Storing the data is one thing, but reading it is quite another. The researchers say, however, that as it is stored in a simple binary format, actually retrieving the data should be possible for future civilizations as the dots can be read using a simple microscope.
    The problem of writing and reading future storage mediums isn't new. NASA's golden record, a disc containing images and sounds from Earth that went out with the Voyager 1 and 2 probes, was shipped with a stylus and cartridge, along with pictorial references showing how to play it and a cover showing Earth's location.





    Aliens reading our data might seem inconceivable, but if the glass storage really does last for a hundred million years, it's possible that mankind may not be around to read it either. A paper by Cornell University suggests the average lifespan of a species on Earth is around 10 million years, and given the way humans are fouling their own nest it could be up to the whatever evolves from bees, ants, or dolphins to figure out what these glass things are.

    Hitachi claims glass data storage will last millions of years ? The Register

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    I'd like to see a rewrittable version.

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    Thats pretty cool. Just think if you could store data on the windows in your house or glass decorative wares sitting around house. A lame figurine sitting on coffee table but holds all of your family photos. thanks for the read!
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    Interesting theory, but they'll have to bring it along a bit to compare with BD media or Flash memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Thats pretty cool. Just think if you could store data on the windows in your house or glass decorative wares sitting around house. A lame figurine sitting on coffee table but holds all of your family photos. thanks for the read!
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    Interesting theory, but they'll have to bring it along a bit to compare with BD media or Flash memory.
    I don't think it even compares to CDs yet since it isn't rewrittable, and we think CDs are fragile, imagine how fragile a glass harddrive would be.

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    Cocaine users will like this.

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    Yeah, it will really dot their dashes.

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