Get 120 Years Worth Of National Geographic On Your Own External Drive



By Chris Scott Barr

In my grandpa’s attic you will find, among other things, 40 years worth of National Geographic Magazine. Let me tell you, that takes up a lot of room. If you’re looking for something very specific in one of the issues, you can bet that it’s going to take a little while to find (mostly because they’re all stored in boxes). Of course if you want the information from every single issue right at your fingertips, there is a much better way to do it.

National Geographic has decided to release the content from every single issue (starting way back in 1888) in a convenient digital format. Every map, photo and article is contained on a special 160GB hard drive. Surprisingly, it only takes up 60GB, so they’ve setup the drive to have an extra 100GB partition to store your own personal files. There’s also a bonus DVD which contains tips on taking better photographs and a behind-the-scenes look at how National Geographic is put together. At $200, this is no doubt worth every penny.

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  1. In granpa's attic I found Mayfair Magazine . Its a British adult magazine. Once while staying with grandparents, I saw him erm..having too much fun with the magazines. *shudder*

  2. I read this from Mashable this morning and was like “I know someone who's getting this next Christmas/Birthday/Major Holiday” I mean, they love history and facts. Nation geographic is one of their reads. I can't wait to pick one up for them.

  3. I hope the quality is a lot better than the Nat Geo that I have on CD's. The scanned pages are of very low quality, making reading content quite a chore. Pictures also suffer the same indignity–they are VERY LOW QUALITY. I'm very disappointed in the product which I received as a gift from my wife about 10 years ago. I expected much better from Nat Geo.

  4. I hope so too, with the storage capacity of the external drive, I hope they utilize it to the max. Allowing hires images to be stored and I can understand older content losing a bit of quality, but I would hope they would have the newest mags on file for print and can just move them over. 10 years is a good amount of time to fix things like that. What a let down it would be to find out it hasn't improved. How many CD's came in the collection?

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