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Goldman's 5-Terabyte Data Dump


The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission says Goldman Sachs obstructed its investigation by delivering 5 terabytes, or 2.5 billion pages, of data in response to requests for information. Says FCIC Chairman Phil Angelides: "We did not ask them to pull up a dump truck to our offices and dump a bunch of rubbish."

5 TERABYTES, OR 2.5 BILLION PAGES, WOULD:

• take 159 years to print out on a laser printer

• cover 28,700 football fields

• fill 625 8-gigabyte flash drives

• make up 37.9 million copies of Bloomberg Businessweek

• weigh 12,500 tons, as much as 1,650 male elephants

• equal the entire Twitter archive given to the Library of Congress in April

Data: Bruce Nordman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Library of Congress and Bloomberg Businessweek research

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Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.
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Boudway is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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