This is one of those "why didn't I think of this earlier" ideas.
When tinkering with various USB drives I use in my home office, finding labels that can stick to them can be a challenge, especially if I'd rather not obscure the drive's capacity label or activity LED. I'm also not a fan of the gooey mess stickers leave behind.
Why not just use a USB flash drive (thumb drive, flash drive, memory stick, etc.) that has a lanyard loop hole, then use that hole to attach very affordable labels? Makes misplacing them a bit more difficult.
I can save even more by using a pencil to erase and change the label text. Or just cut the label off and toss it in the recycle bin, then install a replacement in just seconds.
My own home lab's examples for USB media tend to be bootable, such as:
continuously changing Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO builds
tinkering with VMware ESXi betas, where I sure don't want those confused with the GA version
for my Parted Magic to speed up or re-purpose older SSDs?
- for my Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE recovery media, for bare metal restores
1) Get a box of 1000 labels for about $10 USD:
buy locally at Staples Avery® White Marking Tags, 1 3/4" x 1 3/32", 1,000/Box Item: 168948 Model: 12204
2) Get some USB 3.0 drives with lanyard holes
such as this model I've been using many purposes including ESXi 6.0 that's also widely available:
buy locally at Staples Sandisk Ultra Fit 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Now that 16GB and 32GB models are about the same cost, I've revised the article to instead highlight the 32GB model. Shopping links allow you to choose any sizes avaialble, up to 128GB!