A very informative post, which has provoked an interesting thread.
My hardware setup is somewhat similar to the posting author, except I use an eSATA attached 2 TB disk drive (running in RAID 1 mode) instead of NAS storage. I use a USB drive for periodic offsite storage. I currently have 1 hard drive in my PC but I'm considering installing a 2nd hard drive and configuring the two in RAID 1 mode so everything modified on my PC gets mirrored - in case my primary disk fails - which I have experienced recently.
I've been using Lightroom2 for viewing, modifying & storing all my NEF files since moving to a DSLR, and this thread has given me some fresh ideas on some better ways of tagging things - many thanks!
My Question: I have been grappling with how best to manage my other photo files . Import them into Lightroom & store in collections? - as I don't necessarily have dates for all images taken. To date I've been storing them all in various folders on my hard drive by either location shot or subject, but this is starting to get unwieldy.
Would love to hear how fellow Nikonians are tackling this issue.