too many gigs on desktop bad?

Posted on 2008-11-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
hey guys, in one of my other question, with a separate issue I had, I was told that having too much data/ciles or content, how ever you want to call it, stored on the desktop for my pc, would be a bad thing. What I mean is, in this location

C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxx\Desktop

and having tons of content just saved under that directory could be harmful.

I'm not even sure how this came about and why it was said. I don't recall the logic behind it but I remember someone did mention that.

Right now I have 186 gig hd, 125 being used up and 100 gigs of that is being used up from the desktop data.

Is there any truth behind his. Could someone please explain this.

Question by:jshussain
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    There is no issue with having too much data in one folder. The only thing bad about having so much data on one drive is that if that drive fails you do lose all that data. I have about 40GB on my desktop right now, however most of it would not be a loss if my hard drive died. My documents and pictures would be though so I am sure to keep a good and current backup of those areas quite often.
    I hope this answers your question. Good luck.
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    They may have been referring to a situation where your profile is stored on a Windows Domain server; in this situation, your profile size would be limited to reduce the amount of data that must be copied across the network each time you log in/out:

    I don't know of any other solid technical reasons why you can't store too much data on the desktop, aside from cluttering the screen with icons. There is, however, a limitation (on Windows FAT/FAT32 file systems, not sure if it affects newer NTFS systems) wherein you can't have too many files/folders in the root directory of a drive (i.e. C:/ or D:/) due to the way files are indexed. Perhaps they were thinking of that particular rule...

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    The main reason why I would recommended (and in fact, I do recommend it to my users) store nothing on Desktop is that if a user settings / profile got screwed and needs to be removed / recreated it is a waste of time to find / move away all this stuff from desktop.

    Ideally, for the purpose of computer cloning / reimaging, the users should store their stuff either on a server or on a non-system partition on computer.

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    As a rule I've always kept the desktop free. The more Icon's you have on the desktop, the more RAM they use. Now, in a modern PC using 1GB+ of RAM it isn't a major problem, but it will slow the boot process.

    Your best option is to store them somewhere else and then keep a shortcut on your desktop to that folder. If you right click the program bar at the bottom of your screen, go to toolbars and select new toolbar you can then browse to another folder and it will appear as a pop-up-style link in which you can keep everything you need.
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    the best way to store your data is under my documents, in separate folders, referring to the kind of DATA.
    i have a folder  WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, Pictures, Movies + a couple of others, as needed, each containing only files for the applications the folder refers to.
    having many files in a folder, can cause also slowness while opening them, also when big zipped folders are in there
    i hope this helps a bit
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    I don't recommend you to have tons of content in your system partition, try to keep in my documents and in your desktop only the files you need frequently. A huge quantity of files leads to a major fragmentation of the disk and , of course, a slightly slowness of the system.

    But this occur in any folder in a system partition, not only the desktop.

    Author Comment

    thanks guy. Understand this issue much better.

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