I have many HDDs and need a solution to remember what is on each?

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  1. rawdawg macrumors 6502

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    Is there a program that will help me know where my files are across multiple HDDs that I keep in a drawer? I have a MacMini (late 2012) with 10.8.2 and since I have 10+ HDDs I only keep two attached at a time using docks and switch them out as needed. Only I never remember what is in each.

    I do not want a RAID as I never need to access all at once and don't need all those discs constantly spinning. I maintain a copy of each drive as a backup.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    FileFinder seems to be a working HDD/disk catalogue application, though I do not know, if it works with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
     
  3. rawdawg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thank you SO much!! I believe this is exactly what I'm looking for.

    Program is up and running in 10.8.2 Mountain Lion and am doing 15-day trial!
     
  4. kensic macrumors 6502

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    or you can reformat each hard drive and give it a name. (but make sure make a copy of the content then put it back in after formatting)

    example

    D: vacation picture
    E: work videos
    H: cat collection
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Where does this idea come from, that in order to rename a volume on a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) requires reformatting? Those days are long gone, you can simply rename any volume you have write rights for via Finder > CMD+SHIFT+C > right click on the volume you want to rename > GET INFO > Name & Extension.
     
  6. kensic macrumors 6502

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    the idea came from windows *just switched to mac 2 weeks ago*. but thanks for showing me how to do it the mac way.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    What version of Windows were you using? Windows 3.1?

    I was able to rename volumes, or drives as they are called in Windows, with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 7. I cannot remember Windows 95 and 98 that well, but then again, it has been quite a while.
     
  8. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    Windows Volume names were never set in stone, even going way back to using DOS you were able to change them using "label".
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, I could have used that command 17 years ago, but then again, I would not be here.

    Strange, that somehow people think, in Windows it is not possible to rename a volume without formatting, and I am still curious where that comes from, as this is not the first time I have seen that mentioned here.
     

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