Cataloging of files for restoring from Archives.

I would like to know if there is any lower cost solution that will catalog files.

I want to archive backups.  However, if you actually needed to do a restore of a file you need to know when and where the file existed.  I have seen software that does track changes but they do way more than needed and cost more than this function is worth.  I would like to hear from users that may have already implemented a  solution.