LHC Tapes

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If you found this page, you may have received a CERN LHC Data Tape from CERN shop thanks to your donation to CERN and Society.

We thank you for your special gesture! You made a concrete difference for young talents all over the world.

Did you know that:

  • CERN manages the largest archive of scientific data in the high-energy physics domain and that it is constantly increasing? 
  • the energy consumption of tape storage is negligible compared to disk technology consumption?
  • the tapes are between one to three orders of magnitude more reliable than the most reliable disk drives?

For all these reasons and many more, CERN is using magnetic tapes for long-term data preservation.

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