I would like to keep track of what files I have on the external drives where I store everything I do not need to access every day. Still, I would like to have some way to know what drive I should connect if I need a specific file.
Is there a tool capable of creating a Numbers document that would keep the hierarchical folder/file structure of a drive's content so that one could search through such a document (or even just in the Finder) and know where a file is?
You may say: why don't you use a cloud service? There you can store everything you want and then search for it. Nice you asked! I recently discovered that evicted files are automatically removed from Spotlight search (the extended attribute that determines its addition to the V100-Spotlight index of every folder gets stripped upon eviction). Try to search a file that has been evicted within its own folder: you won't find it!!
This may seem less of a problem on macOS where you could download everything locally (though requiring a huge internal SSD, and that may not be enough), but on iOS/iPadOS one doesn't have the option to keep cloud files local indefinitely.
Any thought on this and possibly solutions, even via Terminal, scripts, apps, anything, is more than welcome!
Thank you and take care!