Data Storage

DNA Can Serve As A Hard Drive For Huge Amounts Of Data

Not only could you fit all of the major tech companies' data onto one gram of your DNA, but there would be room left over. It's estimated that a gram of DNA could hold 455 exabytes of data. (For reference, one exabyte is equivalent to one billion gigabytes.) DNA's longevity (in proper storage conditions) means that people could theoretically retrieve stored data after thousands of years with few, if any, errors. The main obstacle in the way of converting DNA into hard drives is the expense: synthesizing and sequencing DNA costs tens of thousands of dollars. Learn more about how DNA might be the hard drive of the future with these videos.

Using Your DNA as a Hard Drive

How does it work?

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Scientists have successfully stored all of Shakespeare's sonnets and other materials on a strand of DNA. 00:31

  2. DNA digital data storage would enable you to store the equivalent of 150,000 DVDs in a space the size of your pinkie finger. 01:42

  3. The average human body contains about a pound of DNA. 02:07

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Written by Curiosity Staff December 4, 2015

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