Power User Insights: Keeping Your Drives Clean With Archiving

Acronis Archiving

When it comes to managing the disk space on your computer, it can be a constant struggle. The good news is that Acronis True Image has a very useful feature that allows you to free up space on your drives whenever you want.

Archiving lets you move large files or files that are seldom used so you can store them in the Acronis Cloud or on a drive connected to the local computer … freeing up space on your drive.

Not Just Family Stories

Not Just Family Stories

I met a kind, elderly gentleman many years ago. He came to the library where I worked with a box of papers and explained that he was the last person in his family line.  His collection of family records had grown from generation to generation, handed down for almost one hundred and fifty years. He thought these materials might be of interest to others since they documented changes to his hometown over time.

“I don’t know if you want these, but my family has deep roots in this area,” he said to me.

His box included letters written home by a great uncle who served in the Civil War, and there was another great uncle writing home from the Gold Rush. He also had the papers of an aunt—a prominent educated business woman at the turn of the twentieth-century, when society discouraged women from being such things.

 “It’s okay if you don’t want really want these—they’re just my family stories.”

As an archivist, I hear these words often. “No one wants my stuff,” they say.  “My kids don’t want it and no one outside of my family has any interest in it.”

The Stranger in the Photograph

The Stranger in the Photograph

Many years ago, I purchased a black paper album at an estate sale. It contained images of a beautiful woman—her loose high school picture fell to the floor the first time I opened the album’s cover. Her smile grabbed me and her warm expression seemed to invite me into her life. I flipped past her wedding picture, a photo of a baby in her arms with a proud husband by her side, and a series of group photos.

The images from the mid-20th century told the story of a good life that at first made me happy, like I was a guest in a comfortable home. However, the reality of the moment soon hit. To me, this woman was really just a nameless face in print; she was left for a stranger to find in a box in a basement. She now seemed abandoned. Lost. Forgotten.