The first thing that every beginner should know when sitting at a computer is where you can store files on your computer and where you can’t.
If you do not learn the simple rules, then many problems may arise later (searching for lost files, recovering accidentally deleted files, difficulties in reinstalling the system, etc.). But all problems can be avoided in advance if you immediately understand how to put things in order in your computer. You can also use Document management system to organize the files and documents on your computer.
With this lesson, we open a new important section that will help you improve the reliability and security of data storage.
How to clean up your computer?
Many computer users store data (their files and folders) wherever they need to: on the desktop, in the “My Documents” folder, right on the “C: \” drive … When there are few files, this is not a problem, but over time, files become more and more more and more: letters, reports, music, photographs, films … and there comes a moment when you grab your head: “where do I have that file” ?!
As you know, it is easier to put things in order once, and then maintain. But you have to sit down and think !!! Of course, you can say “I’ll sort it out later,” but this “later” rarely comes.
Rule # 1: Drive C: not for documents!
Never store your files on your system drive ( C: \ drive ).
Back in the third lesson, we figured out that all programs and data are stored on the hard drive. For convenience and safety, the entire information space of a hard disk is divided into two or more partitions, which are called “logical drives” and are designated by the letters “C”, “D”, “E”, etc. The operating system (Windows) and programs are installed on the C: drive, and the remaining partitions are used to store data and backups of this data.
Drive C: not for documents!
It’s like an apartment divided into rooms. You don’t store shoes in the kitchen, and don’t put a refrigerator in the bedroom, do you? Everything has its place. Similarly, you need to separate the system files from the user files. But this will be a separate lesson for advanced users.
If you have only the C: drive on your computer, but no D: drive, or this letter denotes a DVD drive, then be sure to divide the hard drive into two partitions. But this will be a separate lesson.
It may be that the letter D: denotes an optical drive (CD or DVD), and the second partition of the hard disk is designated by the letter E. You can leave it as it is, but it is better to swap these letters (the next note on the IT-lessons website is just about this topic ).
Rule # 2: “My Documents” on drive D:
Move the My Documents folder to drive D:
Initially, the “My Documents” folder is located on the C drive, which contradicts rule number 1 and puts all your personal files at risk (in case of failures, virus infection, reinstallation of the system, etc.). Many users do not know this and save all documents in this folder, as programs (for example, Word) suggest. But this is easy to fix.