How do you get 15 million+ records onto 2 CDs?

  Charlie Babbage 11:06 21 Nov 07
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Following the news today about the missing 2 CDs containing all that personal information, I'm wondering how on earth you can get all that data onto 2 CDs!

Even if the data is contained in zipped files I would have thought it would fill far more than 2 CDs!

I suspect the answer is that we'll never know as no doubt it is a closely guarded secret - or is it??!

  €dstowe 11:12 21 Nov 07

"CD" may have been a general term. The disks may have been DVDs.

Whatever the disks were, there is no good reason that they should exist. Data can be transmitted quite successfully by electronic methods.

  johnnyrocker 11:26 21 Nov 07

it may be microfiche stored and copied?


johnny.

  conrail 11:31 21 Nov 07

I understand that the discs were the old type, metal? about 12 inches, like the old vynal albums

  MAJ 11:41 21 Nov 07

As usual with records (showing my age here) there was probably only one or two decent songs on each.

  johnnyrocker 11:45 21 Nov 07

must be some computer.


johnny.

  Stuartli 13:14 21 Nov 07

Apparently Darling is looking for a good osteopath - he's suffering from a slipped disk.

johnnyrocker

Why? Text doesn't take up as much disk space as, for instance, graphics.

  bta1 14:02 21 Nov 07

depends what paper you read or news you wathc.
guardian say 7 million went missing, bbc said 25 million, the Daily mail said four TRILLION BILLION MILLION EVERYBODY RUN NOW, the sun blamed immigration. My local news said it was 25 million but the express said three million.
It's probably just three peoples details and some porn.

  johnnyrocker 14:05 21 Nov 07

Why? Text doesn't take up as much disk space as, for instance, graphics.

because:-

I understand that the discs were the old type, metal? about 12 inches

johnny

  hssutton 14:10 21 Nov 07

This shows the the amount of detail per family that's gone AWOL click here

  hssutton 14:19 21 Nov 07

The remaining part to my last post. Hit the enter key prematurely.

It would appear that the total is 25 million individuals, but Only :) 7.25m families. So effectively that would be 7.25 million records on two disks

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