38005501 story Hitachi Creates Quartz Glass Archival Medium 116 Posted by Unknown Lamer on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @01:32PM from the hand-me-that-data-crystal dept. guttentag writes "Hitachi has announced (original press release in Japanese, translated to English) a new storage medium that uses a laser to imprint dots on a piece of quartz glass that correspond to binary code. The dots can be read with an optical microscope and appropriate software. The company says this medium is resistant to extreme heat, radiation, radio waves and should still be readable after a few hundred million years. It's intended as an archival format with data density similar to a music CD (40MB per square inch with 4 layers)."