Scientists at the University of Southampton in Britain have recorded and retrieved data from a slide of crystal nanostructured glass. The crystal storage medium is capable of holding 360 Terabytes of data within a DVD-sized disc. In addition to holding an immense amount of data, the crystal disks have a near limitless shelf life and can even function at extreme temperatures.
Beyond the simple curiosity factor of using crystal as a storage medium, the glass disks should gain attention for their practical application. With a storage capacity of 360 Terabytes, the new technology would exceed current generation Blu-Rays by almost 3000%. Likewise, even the largest Hard Drives top out at around 20 Terabytes and those devices require careful storage, maintenance and feature a limited lifespan. In comparison, memory crystal is stable at temperatures up to 1000 degrees and has a practically unlimited lifetime.