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Best practices for organizing folders & files and saving data in Windows_Part 1 of 2

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Note: this is a bit lengthy so I've broken it into two questions. This is part 1 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 some suggestions can be posted by a few people who are happy with their current system — because I definitely am not.

For your information, I recently reformatted Drive C because I was getting multiple conflicts and the very small amount of remaining free space was in-the-red. (Much of the bloat was expired trial software and who-knows-what-else that had sneaked in the back door during downloads.) In the process, I also upgraded from MS Office 2010 to 2013. As a result, I feel sort of like it's a fresh start and I need to set some New Year's-type resolutions on how to better utilize my system.

Fig. 1In case it is helpful or relevant:

• Drive C in my computer, is a 125 GB solid-state drive which I try to reserve for software applications only.
• Drive E is a 500 GB internal drive intended to be the primary location for current data.
• Drives F & G are internal drives and H is external.
• These last three drives contain a wide variety of backup and old data, much of which is disorganized and redundant.

(I feel a bit like I am sitting in a confessional airing [or "erring"] out my dirty laundry — but I doubt I will run into any of you at the grocery store so I suppose it's OK.)  :P


• I have always used Windows Explorer for organizing and accessing applications, folders & files.
• I have never and, for a number of reasons, do not now want to use my desktop for that purpose.
• I have never really used Favorites, Libraries or Homegroup and there is generally no one else on the Network. In fact, I've commonly found myself wishing there was a way to hide these trees because it always takes 3-4 extra clicks:

Data (E:) > Libraries > My documents > etc.

to get where I'm going anyway — but that may be because I don't understand their benefit.

Fig. 2Perhaps the two things I'm looking for most are:

1) how to best organize folders & sub-folders and how/where to save files so that they are readily retrievable and don't fall through the cracks. I've tried a few different things over time but as I mentioned above, I'd love to hear some other ideas.

2) please see Part 2 of 2

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