Note: this is a bit lengthy so I've broken it into two questions. This is part 2 of 2.
I would love to get some advice on how to most efficiently organize files & folders in Windows 7. There are obviously an unlimited number of ways to approach this but hopefully a few suggestions can be posted by people who are happy with their current system — because I definitely am not.
Perhaps the two things I'm looking for most are:
1) please see Part 1 of 2
2) how to best save periodic or sequential versions of files that I use or continually work on over long periods of time. One of my most despised and frustrating scenarios — which I suspect all of us have experienced at one time or another — is not being able to locate or access a file into which I have poured hours of time. Or even if it's not a lot of time, maybe it's an idea or some solution which I cannot now recall.
A similar scenario is when, after pursuing a particular direction on a project, you run into a dead-end and realize that you need to backtrack several hours or even several days to change directions — but you no longer have a version of the file from the precise point in time to which you would like to return.
A number of years back, in an attempt to eliminate or at least dramatically reduce the chances of running into this type of problem, I got in the habit of repeatedly saving files under the same name but combined with a sequentially increasing date-stamp suffix. For example, a single Excel workbook might repeatedly be saved over time as:
... and so on ...
if a large amount of time was spent on it in a single day.
I suspect that most people who spend much time at a computer deal with the same issues or concerns. Therefore, as mentioned above, I'm hopeful that someone has come across a better retrieval system which they can share.