Quartz Discs: 360 terabytes of storage that can last 14 billion years

Optical Data Storage Squeezes 360TB on to a Quartz Disc—Forever

We have hard-drives, we have solid-state drives, but we don’t yet have a storage medium that allows us to store a large amount of data in a small space while being fast and reliable.

But now, with a breakthrough by Southampton University researchers, we may finally get the perfect storage medium. The medium in question is a 3-dimensional structure of quartz, on which changes are introduced. These changes represent the data to be stored. To read this data, the samples are compared to find the changes, and these changes are used to retrieve the data.

According to the researchers, storing in this medium is extremely efficient, allowing you to store 360 terabytes on one quartz piece. Plus, it is reliable too, with the capability of lasting 14 billion years under temperature extremes, which is frankly astounding.

What do you think? When will such technology reach consumers?

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