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Sep 23 2012   7:25PM GMT

Million Year Storage Device

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

Hitachi  announced that they have a storage device that can retain data for hundreds of millions of years. This comes as a great relief to me as I was trying to figure out how to preserve pictures of my frog collection for the people of the future. But seriously, that is pretty amazing. So what is this amazing new technology? A piece of glass, well to be more specific, it is a piece of quartz glass. The glass is laser imprinted with binary dots which can be read by a microscope hooked up to a computer.

Not only can it last forever, or darn close to it, but it is nearly indestructible. It can be heated to 1000 degrees Celsius for two hours and still be readable. Currently it can only store about 40 MB per square inch, but Hitachi hopes to improve on that in future versions.

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