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a question or business: long term data storage

Long term data storage
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since there's no forums on here I wanted to know if one could have data printed on metal so that one could have long term data storage of there precious ring...data.

I know I would pay for something like in the process of printed cd/dvd there is an etched?... metal disc

Could this be diyed someone wanna start a business with me?

UPDATE http://www.gizmag.com / last-pictures-time-capsule / 24425/

vtolled, Jul 23 2010

Less data, but tiny, so you can have a couple of hundred of them in... A_20staple_20form_20of_20memory
...your stapler [normzone, Jul 23 2010]

Frinstance http://www.trnmag.c...es_data_012903.html
[MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 23 2010]

Archival CD Uses Gold Layer http://www.cddimens...info/MAM-R80TGG-CB/
These arcivall disks use gold and are said to last for 300 years... [Grogster, Jul 23 2010]

Georgia Guidestones http://en.wikipedia...Georgia_Guidestones
there might be room on these? Or room for more. [bungston, Jul 23 2010]

How long would this last? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto
[zeno, Jul 24 2010]


       Try Joseph Marie Jacquard as a starting point - you could probably improve his process using thin slivers of metal and precision laser etching/punching - but you're going to find it difficult to store any more than minimal amounts of data - Let's say you want to store a rather meagre (at least these days) 1GB of data, and you can somehow figure out a way to physically store data at a density of 1kb per mm² (still rather a lot - that's a precision of about 800 dpi if my maths is right), you're going to need sheets of metal 1m² in size to store 1GB. I have data backups that occupy +350GB at home. By the time you get to store 4046GB, you will have approximately an acre of metal in your lockup.   

       Let's also talk about speed - how long would it take to etch/print 1kb of data into metal?
zen_tom, Jul 23 2010

       One should be able to encode a metal plate with data as irregularities read by a laser just as a CD or DVD. Maybe this idea is for metal CDs. Or ceramic: more durable.
bungston, Jul 23 2010

       How long are you storing the data? 10 years, a hundred or a thousand? Most CDs stink and only last a couple of years, though I think there are some that do. Tapes are good for a decade or two, I just heard about something that would last a hundred, though it escapes me now, maybe SSDs. The big problem past a hundred years is using a format that is readable then. The classic is the gold record sent with Voyager. I'm sure a souped up CD burner could burn trillions of holes in a SS disk, but who cares if don't have a CD player in 1000 years.
MisterQED, Jul 23 2010

       I'm pretty sure there are existing ventures to encode data as surface bumps, at higher density than CDs or hard drives. Will go look.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 23 2010

       climb deep into a cave and paint it on the wall. what purpose does long term stable data serve?
WcW, Jul 23 2010

       It's not **exactly** a metal disk, but see [link] for an Archive Quality CD that uses a layer of gold that is purported to last for 300 years... so I wouldn't **exactly** call it baked, but it is certainly half baked. Now at last your BeeGee's albums are safe! I have purchased these before, and they are the coolest looking CDs I ever saw.
Grogster, Jul 23 2010

       "One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them ..."   

       Oddly, the HB doesn't seem to support the Old Mordor font ...
8th of 7, Jul 23 2010

       I think the generally accepted method for ultra-long-term storage is junk DNA.   

       Also, [vtolled] doesn't say how many bits per square mm, so as stated, this is very baked: engraving "Revere fecit" on a pewter tankard isn't exactly high tech.
mouseposture, Jul 24 2010

       // Toss in a shit load of silica gel packs//   

       The first things our distant descendants will do, of course, is eat the silica and die lingering deaths.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 24 2010

       We question the point of your species developing any data storage technology longer than an individual human lifetime.   

       After all, it only needs to last until after you're dead. Then you can't be sued or called to answer for your sins/crimes/errors/doubtful expenses claims.   

       Posterity can look after itself.
8th of 7, Jul 27 2010

       I have a silica gel pack at home somewhere with the words "Through Away" written on it - all the other ones I threw away, but this one, I think I'm going to keep.
zen_tom, Jul 29 2010


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