Microsoft’s new “floppy disks” are capable of storing information for millennium


With the growth of data volumes, the requirements for the reliability of drives also increase. Microsoft announced an unusual alternative to hard drives – instead of traditional magnetic tracks and microcircuits, the company proposed the use of glass plates and a laser. Information recorded in this way is potentially stored for centuries. The developers demonstrated the principle of the technology in a video format.

A new development of the software giant called Project Silica involves multilayer data recording by using a laser on ultra-strong quartz glass using three-dimensional “deformations” in its structure. The process is vaguely reminiscent of a way to record onto old vinyl records, but technically much more complicated.