I got a random thought earlier:
If DVD's were to be stacked side-by-side and on top of each other in a typical semi-trailer, how much data would the trailer actually hold?
To keep it simple, I am going to use single layer DVD's, which hold about 4.7GB.
I used estimates on the size of the trailer. Width: 8' 6" Height: 9' Length: 53'
Now, a standard size CD-R has the following dimensions: Diameter: 4.687" Thickness: .062"
I figured that the space occupied by each disk would be a cubic area with the dimensions below: Width: 4.687" Height: .062" Length: 4.687"
According to my calculations, approximately 21 disks will occupy the width of the trailer, 135 will occupy the length, and 1741 will occupy the height. This figures out to a total count of 4,935,735 disks in the entire trailer.
Now, since we're working with single layer DVD's, we need to multiply this county by 4.7GB: 21,223,660.5 GB
That works out to 21,223.66 TB, which works out to 21.22 PB. That's about 1/2 as much data as the entire KaZaA network holds!
(22:11:20) Josh: How about I tell everyone that you thought of this while taking a leak? >:P (22:11:31) Tim: actually, it was while i was taking a crap (22:11:53) Josh: Oh. Ahem. Well... (22:12:43) Josh: I just assumed it was while you were taking a leak... That's where some of my more crazy ideas come from. Duty #2 is reserved for philosophical pondering.
- Posted by tim (Guest) on November 23, 2004 at 10:13:20PM
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- Posted by Josh (Guest) on November 23, 2004 at 10:14:49PM
- Posted by Josh (Guest) on November 23, 2004 at 10:15:15PM
Depending on the data, you could compress it all first -- then the trailer would hold a bunch more.
- Posted by mirrorshades (Guest) on November 25, 2004 at 08:35:43PM
Or you could use a different media. I thought about figuring it for 200GB hard drives. :)
- Posted by tim (Guest) on November 25, 2004 at 11:34:21PM
For those intersted, I calculated the volume for a standard 250GB hard disk. That comes out to approxamately 71850.585 TB (71.8505 PB) or, currently, 1.55672 times the data on the KaZaA network. Now for those truly interested: at the cost of $132 (the current lowest price for a 250GB hdd on pricewatch), that would come out to somewhere around $38,847,600 total.
- Posted by Frank Ericson (Guest) on May 2, 2005 at 03:34:18AM