Topic ID #23689 - posted 10/7/2012 3:22 PM

Hitachi claims to have “forever” data solution

Jennifer Palmer


Hitachi claims to have “forever” data solution
By Edwin Kee    on 09/24/2012 10:06 PDT   

If there is a modern day problem when it comes to storing our data, it would be permanency, or rather, the lack of it. After all storage medium changes from time to time, requiring one to migrate files on the existing media to a new generation format. The process is not guaranteed to work, but Hitachi of Japan claims that they have come across a new way to keep your data and ensure that it lasts “forever” – at least for a few hundred million years. Just what kind of method does Hitachi work with to achieve this seemingly improbable feat? It seems that they intend to store digital information on slivers of quartz glass which are said to be able to handle extreme temperatures and hostile conditions without degrading for an indefinite period of time.

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