Storing Information for a Thousand Years

Storing Information for a Thousand Years 

Regarding the longevity of storage media many of the products that we use today, hard disk drives, flash memory, optical discs and magnetic tape will react with the ambient environment and gradually lose the data stored on them or disintegrate over time.  In either event the data stored on the media will not be accessible.  Until recently the longest living storage media has been magnetic tape which may be kept as long at 30 years in the right environment with good odds that the data can be read back (assuming that the playback devices for that media still exist).

Source: Forbes

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