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A 5D Glass Disc That Stores 360 TB Of Data For 13.8 Billion Years


Scientists at the University of Southampton have made a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years.

source/image: Optoelectronics Research Centre

Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the Optoelectronics Research Centre record 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.


The technology was first experimentally demonstrated in 2013 when a 300 kb digital copy of a text file was successfully recorded in 5D.In fact, certain data has already started to have been backed up. So far, scientists have preserved important documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Magna Carta, and Kings James Bible on individual discs. These ancient documents will probably outlive the human race itself now.

VIAOptoelectronics Research Centre
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