File management is one of the more mundane tasks computer users have to manage in order to keep things running smoothly. After all, it’s no use having gigabytes of data on your drives if you can’t find anything.
Having a simple but clear plan can make the storage and retrieval of your data much easier, and once implemented can save a lot of time, thought and hassle in the long run. If you can get into a habit of using a specific scheme it soon becomes second nature and takes no thought at all.
My method of file organization goes something like this:
The C: drive is for nothing but Windows and it’s files. I have a 40Gb drive for that and nothing else. The thinking behind this is that Windows needs rebuilding sometimes, and I used to lose settings, important data and it took an age to restore everything. Having a drive for Windows and nothing else isolates it from the rest of the system. If I have to rebuild it, I don’t lose anything else.
My D: drive is a different hard disk. This is my “Applications" drive. It is here I install everything I need to use. Applications like Firefox, Office, OpenOffice, Spybot, Winamp, VLC and everything else is installed here. While settings folders may be installed in the Local/Users file on the C: drive, you can back that up regularly. I don’t mess with the D drive, only defrag it once in a while.
On a separate partition I have E: which holds my games. I don’t play as much as I used to, but there are still a few games installed here. Like the D drive, I don’t mess with it, apart from installing and uninstalling the games. I also have a backup of the My documents folder in here, as many games like to store save game information in that folder. More on duplicating those files later.