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Extreme overclockers will be all over this.
"Where's the 3DMark 2011 disk?"
"I kept losing it so I left it in the LN2"
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Oooh. I'd like to use this for archives.
    
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By "stone-like" they could mean that they're using a silicate based material. Which is significantly harder than steel or glass. Most silicates are 5.5-7 on the Moh's scale, glass is 5-5.5, steel is 4.5-6, copper is around 3.5, etc.
I concur, it's likely quartz, which would mean you'd have to deliberately scratch it with hardened steel (not merely iron) to damage it.
    
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If it's 'stone-like', then chances are it's also very brittle, so it'll shatter if you drop it on the table or it'll split in half if it gets flexed slightly in a bag or something.

Plus the fact that the drives & disks will probably be expensive - I think I'll pass and stick with a usb flash drive for portable use and HDDs for archive purposes instead.
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and all those silicates are brittle - which is the problem. Drop copper on the floor and it will deform slightly (maybe only elastically, so it will return to it's orginal shape), but the same ain't true with glass...
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try chucking a dvd-shaped bit of quartz at a wall and see what happens

Many people confuse strength and hardness with toughness - and as strength and hardness increase, toughness goes down. Something like tungsten carbide is hard enough to cut pretty much any metal, but drop it onto a hard floor and it shatters.
The Techspot article contains a link to a video where someone's smashing it trying to break it.

http://www.techspot.com/news/45006-m...tructible.html
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If it's 'stone-like', then chances are it's also very brittle, so it'll shatter if you drop it on the table or it'll split in half if it gets flexed slightly in a bag or something.

Plus the fact that the drives & disks will probably be expensive - I think I'll pass and stick with a usb flash drive for portable use and HDDs for archive purposes instead.

^+1, discs are going to be obsolete in the near future, well def within our lifetime. Gotta get ready for it!
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Can it survive being left in the sun? The data layer of writable discs will decompose if left sitting in direct sunlight.
I imagine that in almost all cases sitting in direct sunlight (at least on Earth) would be less hot than sitting within boiling water (at normal atmospheric pressure).
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I dropped my Microcenter flash drive in the snow while walking in the house. I had to wait months till Spring to get it when the snow thawed.

I found it in Spring and plugged it into my car. My music played right where the track left off when I unplugged it earlier a few months earlier

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Why? Physical media is on the way out.

Also if you are burning actual pits into the disk all you are doing is mimicking the process that makes ordinary DVDs. Non-rewritable media is useless for everything but archiving which isn't something the average user does that often. Also who drops their disk into Ln2 or boiling water. Only problems I have ever had is scratches, fix that.

Or don't; my thumb drives have more capacity anyways and they fit on a keychain.
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This would be useful for long term storage as it would hopefully not warp with age and be resistant to high heat in storage facilities.
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I dropped my Microcenter flash drive in the snow while walking in the house. I had to wait months till Spring to get it when the snow thawed.

I found it in Spring and plugged it into my car. My music played right where the track left off when I unplugged it earlier a few months earlier

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it's snows in your house? Where do you live? And how big is your house?
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