Years ago, at the dawn of digital video editing, external storage drives were large, bulky pieces of hardware housed in beige containers. Editors would stack these, one on top of the other, as each one’s individual storage capacity wasn’t very great. Nowadays, you can store several thousand hours of video material on a 6-terabyte external hard drive, which takes up very little space. The ones we use are roughly 5″ x 7″ x 2.”

What a strange thought: a person’s life, their memories, recordings, photographs, and home movies all fitting into a shiny black or silver (they’re rarely beige these days) drive.

But we’re more than just our digital files or our external storage drives. We’re unique in the way we organize and layer these files, the way we interpret them, the memories that span lifetimes.

You and a sibling might have been in the same room at the same time with a memorable event going on and yet now, years later, you each recall that day so completely differently.

How do you remember those days and where do you file those memories?