Welcome to my first post.
here are some tips that may not have been covered elsewhere: [or, you old-timers use them every day].
I'm building a collection of HD movies on a bunch of drives and I quickly find out that organizing/connecting the invoice date/vendor for each drive is a PITA. Too many drives have gone south and I couldn't match them up with the original purchase/vendor info.
Now I rename all of my new drives to include the vendor and date of purchase. That way it's a snap to locate that particular invoice in my emails of purchases or stack of store receipts.
WD-750 [newegg, 2-12-10] (E:)
Also, included with the files on each drive I have a note stating more info, such as the last date it was successfully CHKDSK'd, duration of the warranty, etc.
Adding these notes to drives contents has been very useful and it's not even a text "file". I just right-click, choose 'text document', type your note/reminder/warning, and leave off the .txt and ignore the warning pop-up.
'Frinstance, a reminder I have in my videocard downloads/drivers folder:
''NOTE - run 'drivercleaner' and-or 'Windows Installer Cleanup' before updating drivers'' > this has saved my butt on more than one occasion.
Be advised though that some "pc mechanic" programs consider these some kind of orphaned files and will delete them.