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This tiny glass disc can store up to 360TB of data and for 13.8 billion years

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Feb 2016, 10:04am

This tiny glass disc can store up to 360TB of data and for 13.8 billion years

(Image source: PetaPixel)

Researchers at the University of Southampton have figured out a novel way to store large amounts of data.

Using femtosecond laser writing, they have successfully devised a new technique of writing data to tiny glass discs. According to them, these glass discs can store as much as 360TB of data. In addition, the glass discs are so stable that they are expected to keep data intact for as long as 13.8 billon years.

The researchers are calling this 5D (five-dimensional) digital data because the position, size and even orientation of the way data is stored in the disc play a role. Here's a video of how it works:

They also say that these discs are excellent for archival uses as they have "virtually unlimited lifespan". 

There's no word on how fast data can be written or accessed from these discs. However, the researchers at the University of Southampton are keen to find data storage companies to bring this product to the market.

Source: PetaPixel

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