Research claims "Storing Data for next 1400 years" possible

Have you ever thought how vulnerable your data may be through the simple fact that you may be storing your entire digital life on a single hard drive? On single drive can hold tens of thousands of pictures, thousands of music files, videos, letters and countless other documents. One malfunctioning drive can wipe out your […]

Have you ever thought how vulnerable your data may be through the simple fact that you may be storing your entire digital life on a single hard drive? On single drive can hold tens of thousands of pictures, thousands of music files, videos, letters and countless other documents. One malfunctioning drive can wipe out your virtual life in a blink of an eye. A scary thought. On a greater scale, at least portions of the digital information describing our generation may be put at risk by current storage technologies. There are only a few decades of life in tape and disk storage these days, but a team of researchers claims to have come up with a power-efficient, scalable way to reliably store data with regular hard drives for an estimated (theoretical) 1400 years.

Data storage has several huge challenges. It isn’t quite the available storage capacity anymore that represents a problem. Especially hard drives are very cheap these days and if you aren’t recording and saving lots of high-definition movies on your home network you are unlikely to be forced to upgrade your 500 GB, 640 GB or even 1 TB standard storage capacity that comes with today’s PCs. Security is a greater problem: How do you safeguard your data? How do you archive it and how do you preserve over the years in a manageable, reliable, cost-efficient and power-efficient way? Think in larger proportions - corporations, libraries, governments – and each of those individual questions turn into huge problems.

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