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I am still keeping my documents in c:\docs\ - Am I mad?

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    UK
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    I am still keeping my documents in c:\docs\ - Am I mad?


    Hi

    I was told a long time ago NOT to keep my data in c:\users\MyName\My Documents in Windows because it uses up RAM.

    So as the only user of my computer, for many years I have been keeping my documents c:\docs\
    Am I mad?

    J

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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    Hi

    I was told a long time ago NOT to keep my data in c:\users\MyName\My Documents in Windows because it uses up RAM.

    J
    Is this true?
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    If a document type file isn't loaded into whatever application it is associated with, MS Word for .doc or MS Excel for .xls for instance, then it takes up disk space but not RAM.
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    UK
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    Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)


    To clarify: I think the argument was that everything that is in the users 'profile', including everything on the desktop, was somehow taking up space on RAM. And for this reason we took everything we could OUT of the user profile (including Outlook .OST and .PST files and any indexing files generated by the likes of X1 desktop search etc).

    The other benefit was that it was always easy to find my documents (c:\docs\)
    However I am starting to think that this is a pain because every application you can think of seem to keep going back to "c:\users\MyName\My Documents"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    I was told a long time ago NOT to keep my data in c:\users\MyName\My Documents in Windows because it uses up RAM.
    Whoever told you this is misinformed. That's just completely wrong, unless of course you're user profile is stored in a RAM drive, which few people do.

    What they MAY have been confused about is that files stored in Users\user\Documents are part of a users roaming profile, and if they are on an Active Directory domain in a corporation, and the users profile is setup for roaming, than any documents will get copied to the local workstation when they log in. This does not use RAM, but it can use disk on a local computer.

    However, nobody really uses Roaming profiles much anymore, so it's not really an issue, and I am guessing you're not talking about a computer connected to a domain anyways.

    Another possible source of confusion is that the users registry hive is stored in the users profile, and this DOES get loaded into RAM, but that is irrelevant to documents.

    If you have a lot of files on your desktop, then Windows does have to read the desktop folder, and create Icons for those files, which does take (a very small amount of) RAM, but it's not much RAM.. any modern computer should not have any issues with this, and since Windows 7/8/8.1 are so much more efficient with RAM anyways, even lower spec computers work really well.
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi there,

    I'm afraid you've been believing a ghost story for many of years. What you are saying is simply not the truth.

    My brains are grinding here....there was perhaps a time, during Windows 98, that files placed onto your desktop slowed down your pc. But that's been past times with the introduction of Windows XP.
    Windows XP has also been the first consumer version that introduced the "C:\Docs&Users\etc." filestructure.

    Believe me ==> it is quite save to place your files in the My Documents folder. It won't eat up anything besides diskspace.

    And in case you don't want, for any reason, to have the data onto your C drive. You can move your entire My Documents folder to a D drive. Then the third party software will still recognise it.

    So my advice to you is. Breath in, Breath out. And let loose of this very wierd 'fact' you've been holding on for so long.

    Greetz,

    Rover
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    ... However I am starting to think that this is a pain because every application you can think of seem to keep going back to "c:\users\MyName\My Documents"
    Can you name such an application? I have an ssd as my boot drive and don't want to fill it up with my various documents so I put them on my D: drive and in the 2+ years I've been doing that I have yet to have an application look at "c:\users\MyName\My Documents" for anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    ... However I am starting to think that this is a pain because every application you can think of seem to keep going back to "c:\users\MyName\My Documents"
    Can you name such an application? I have an ssd as my boot drive and don't want to fill it up with my various documents so I put them on my D: drive and in the 2+ years I've been doing that I have yet to have an application look at "c:\users\MyName\My Documents" for anything.
    That's what Libraries are for. You can change the location of your Documents library to anywhere you like.

    Also, if you right click on Documents, there is a tab that says Location, in that you can change the location that is used for the default documents location.

    Any app that uses the Shell special folders API's will then default to the correct place. Only stupid apps that force a specific location will keep going to the normal default (those apps fail on localized versions of Windows as well).
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Whatever is best for your purposes, thats what you should do.

    Maybe keeping massive amounts of data in the Library folders uses up some resources, I'll try moving my files elsewhere and see if it affects my system.
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    UK
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    Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)


    I have a large capacity SSD on each of my home PC and my laptop (280GB and 512GB respectively).
    Is anyone saying that I should partition these drives so as to create a D: drive that is separate from my C: driver (where the Windows and all my applications live).

    Out of interest how many of you folks MOVE your documents at all? And when you do so do you move your entire library structure including downloads etc or do you just move your documents?
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