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How do you organize your files?

Postby King Author » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:01 am UTC

On your computer, I mean.

I have three main folders on the root of my drive.
/programs/
/vital/
/nonvital/

Programs contains every program I personally have installed to my machine. Firefox, Audacity, Morrowind, Zelda Classic, FCE Ultra, GOM Player, Irfanview, etc.

Vital contains irreplacable personal files (I'm a writer, so mostly writings, though some programming stuff). It's obviously the smallest folder by far. I back it up to a thumb drive weekly.

Nonvital contains replacable files. Anime, manga, television shows, movies, music, comic books, etc. Stuff I could just download again if it got deleted.

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby tms » Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:51 am UTC

Software aside (I'm feeling gracious), I have six music directories based on file format, because I set it up like that long ago.
One for most graphics, including animation and video.
"photo" for my own shots.
One for sound effects and short recordings.
A download location.
Anything that is plain text.
Hypertext
filesys is disk images
Other documents that don't belong anywhere else.
And a "backup" primarily used for files from (my) other machines.
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby philsov » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:21 pm UTC

mostly by format

movies/TV
music
photos/pictures
programs
documents/pdf's/ebooks
games

then subsections therein; I enjoy a moderate balance between not needing to double click through additional folders and not needing to scroll through a massive list.

I've got a couple unsorted folders from old memory sticks/desktops that I've never bothered to properly place, much like the http://xkcd.com/1360/.

On a thumbdrive (and in its own location) I keep a "toolkit" folder containing stuff like Antimalwarebytes and CCleaner and stuff. Nothing sucks more than needing to run an antivirus software when the virus is preventing your internet/browser from properly functioning.
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Thesh » Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:08 am UTC

C:/Users/Admin/Desktop/[everything goes here]
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby roband » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:16 pm UTC

I've got 2 seperate NAS devices and an external HDD, along with my internal drive.

Each one has separate folders for movies/TV/music. One NAS tends to hold SD stuff, the other and the external have HD content (mostly).

But if I'm looking for a file and I don't recall where it is, it could be on any of the 3. Or still on my internal drive waiting to be moved.

It's a mess.

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Link » Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:51 pm UTC

My ~ is essentially organised as follows:
~/bin contains local binaries, shell scripts and symlinks to binaries that aren't in $PATH.
~/build is a local compile root, for programs I compile locally, independent of Portage. The sources go in ~/build/source. I have symlinks in ~/bin for some of the binaries that are installed in ~/build/bin.
~/dl contains downloads (usually tarballs), with ~/dl/torrents being the most notable subdirectory.
~/img holds images of any kind (including photos), with subdirectories (e.g. ~/img/screenshots) as necessary.
~/personal contains things like letters I've written.
~/projects is the decrypted mount point of ~/.copy/Copy/projects.enc, containing various things I'm working on, in subdirectories such as ~/projects/programs and ~/projects/electronics. This encrypted version of this directory is stored using Copy.
~/projects.local contains projects I store locally. Copy has caused some problems with Git-based projects not syncing properly, and as a result, I have mostly stopped using Copy for new projects.
~/stuff contains things I can't easily sort into other directories.
~/tmp contains things I eventually want to throw away, but don't want to lose at the first reboot (/tmp gets cleaned automatically at boot). This directory is much less empty than you'd expect it to be. ;)
~/university contains university work.

There are some other minor directories such as ~/.cron (which holds a copy of my user crontab and several scripts that are to be run by cron) and ~/.conky (holding scripts and icons for Conky); most of the other directories are just program-specific dot-directories.

Then there is /multimedia, holding... well, multimedia, obviously; I keep this outside of my ~ because I want other accounts to have access to these files as well; this entire tree is owned by the multimedia group. The layout is self-explanatory:
/multimedia/music contains music and is tagged using beets.
/multimedia/video contains video files.
/multimedia/books contains e-books.

The rest of my system is mostly laid out the standard Gentoo Linux way according to Portage and the stage3 tarball, although on my main computer, I have changed the DISTDIR to /var/lib/portage/distfiles instead of the default /usr/portage/distfiles; this is because /usr, along with everything other than /home, /var, /tmp and /multimedia, is on a 128 GiB SSD, which would get filled too quickly if I left the distfiles there.

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Xeio » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:57 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:C:/Users/Admin/Desktop/[everything goes here]
You monster.

Uh...

I have all my user data backed up to Crashplan so, generally things go wherever. \Documents mainly.

Couple things on my OneDrive like spreadsheets I like to have access to anywhere or otherwise want to share.

And most of my media goes on the NAS in a number of folders. E:\Rips and E:\ISOs. Includes backups of things like MMO install folders since they can be huuuuge.

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:07 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:C:/Users/Admin/Desktop/[everything goes here]


I wish this were less true for me. Every now and then, I get a fit of organization and sort everything out, but the desktop inevitibly attracts bloat, and normally looks like a disaster area. I also normally have 20+ tabs open in chrome at all times....

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Yablo » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:34 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:C:/Users/Admin/Desktop/[everything goes here]


Ohhhh ... That would drive me crazy. Other than the standard Windows shortcuts (Computer, Control Panel, etc ...), my desktop only has a folder for my .pdf format gaming books, and one for my guitar tablature .txt files. I don't spend a lot of time looking at my desktop, but when I do, I want to see it uncluttered. My wife's desktop is pure chaos, and so I find it hard to look her way for too long unless she has Chrome open, or she's playing a game.

As for structure, I have one hard drive for my operating system and other important system files, and I have a second hard drive for everything else.
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Brace » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:47 pm UTC

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby teelo » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:47 am UTC

c:\Users\Teelo\Desktop\

everything in there

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Thesh » Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:08 am UTC

Xeio wrote:
Thesh wrote:C:/Users/Admin/Desktop/[everything goes here]
You monster.


I was pretty bad about that in Windows XP, but stopped in Windows 7; now everything goes into downloads, documents, or a specific folder in /Users/UserName/. Although I use a lot of Linux now, which I do basically the same: ~/Downloads/, ~/Documents/, ~/code/, ~/some specific thingy/.
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby poochyena » Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:02 am UTC

Lets see..

I have a folder for
random computer things, mostly just shortcuts to programs i don't use very often
Projects, where i put all my programming stuff
Stuff, where i place random stuff that goes nowhere else
videos
music
cosplay pictures
games

I like to keep my desktop very organized

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby King Author » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:10 pm UTC

philsov wrote:On a thumbdrive (and in its own location) I keep a "toolkit" folder containing stuff like Antimalwarebytes and CCleaner and stuff. Nothing sucks more than needing to run an antivirus software when the virus is preventing your internet/browser from properly functioning.


Ooh, that's a good idea. A "fixer" stick.

Link wrote:My ~ is essentially organised as follows:
~/bin contains local binaries, shell scripts and symlinks to binaries that aren't in $PATH.
~/build is a local compile root, for programs I compile locally, independent of Portage. The sources go in ~/build/source. I have symlinks in ~/bin for some of the binaries that are installed in ~/build/bin.
~/dl contains downloads (usually tarballs), with ~/dl/torrents being the most notable subdirectory.
~/img holds images of any kind (including photos), with subdirectories (e.g. ~/img/screenshots) as necessary.
~/personal contains things like letters I've written.
~/projects is the decrypted mount point of ~/.copy/Copy/projects.enc, containing various things I'm working on, in subdirectories such as ~/projects/programs and ~/projects/electronics. This encrypted version of this directory is stored using Copy.
~/projects.local contains projects I store locally. Copy has caused some problems with Git-based projects not syncing properly, and as a result, I have mostly stopped using Copy for new projects.
~/stuff contains things I can't easily sort into other directories.
~/tmp contains things I eventually want to throw away, but don't want to lose at the first reboot (/tmp gets cleaned automatically at boot). This directory is much less empty than you'd expect it to be. ;)
~/university contains university work.


Goodness! I barely understood half of that, haha.

Tyndmyr wrote:
Thesh wrote:C:/Users/Admin/Desktop/[everything goes here]


I wish this were less true for me. Every now and then, I get a fit of organization and sort everything out, but the desktop inevitibly attracts bloat, and normally looks like a disaster area. I also normally have 20+ tabs open in chrome at all times....


I used to have the second problem, but weaned myself off that behavior by disabiling the "restore session" feature. Of course, now my bookmarks are a massive mess, but still, I can Search through those.

Brace wrote:I mostly just put stuff wherever and let it serve as an exercise in memory/search ability.


Heh, there is some value to purposefully making yourself memorize things. I never use bookmarks (I mean like, the actual physical objects you place inside dead-tree books) and force myself to memorize the page numbers just to keep my fairly-lackluster memory sharp.

It's like sharpening a spoon, though >_>
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Xenomortis » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:33 pm UTC

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C:\Users\Me\Desktop\MyStuff (\music)
C:\Users\Me\Desktop\OldDesktop[n]
C:\


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~/everything


I have very little organisation on my computers.
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Lopsidation » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:57 pm UTC

My folders are normal (e.g. C:/Users/Me/Desktop/School). My filenames... aren't.

Some filenames I've used for school assignments:
- encrypted_gorefic.doc
- destroyNorway.py
- gregory and the misadventures of mr froggy - christmas edition - cant spell discord without disco.pdf (note: complex analysis homework)

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:20 pm UTC

At work, I use

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~/Documents/inbox/ <-- categorized files from ~/Downloads, directory by jira# usually
~/Documents/outbox/ <-- staging area for attachments to emails/jiras, usually sorted by recipient or jira
~/Downloads <-- unsorted download area, full of compressed archives of various types people send me
~/Crap <-- junk
~/Crap/Crap <-- junk folder got too big/hard to manage
~/Crap/Crap/Crap <-- rinse & repeat
/code/ <-- where I check out projects (this location is a historical artifact. I used to ramdisk my entire code check-out, but now I have an SSD, so I could move this elsewhere)
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Castor87 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:51 am UTC

Xechorizo has the right idea...except bulk stuff like videos I'd be inclined to put on the removable drive.
Zip drives really are for carrying data around, not for storage.

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:50 am UTC

~/m contains music made by other people.
~/music contains music-related things (scores, sample libraries, Lilypond projects, synth patches, save directories for some audio software...)
/media/sdb1 contains my own music with subdirectories such as sketch, production, finished, improv and shit, all with indecipherably named sub-subdirectories for individual projects
~/text contains mostly user manuals but also some PD/free books on various topics
~/junk contains ephemeral jottings, mostly text files and spreadsheets
~/pics is divided by theme into something like two dozen subdirectories none of which is porn
~/rpms is where I download, unpack and compile stuff that needs to be installed (I always name this directory rpms on all systems regardless of what package manager they run)
~/code may or may not contain stuff I coded years ago when I was into that sort of thing (I haven't even looked there in a few years)
~/games has go-related stuff, aeronautical charts and other paraphernalia for FlightGear, and Dwarf Fortress
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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Wallydraigle » Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:13 pm UTC

When my Desktop starts to get full I make a New Folder and move everything except program shortcuts into the new New Folder, including the previous New Folder.

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby LaserGuy » Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:49 pm UTC

-Software usually goes into the default Program Files/whatever directory.
-I have a separate folder C:/Old/whatever for dosbox games since that is easier to deal with.
-/downloads is full of random crap. I even have a few one-time-use program directories in there, I think.
-/My Documents and its subdirectories are basically empty
-Most of my stuff is stored on a USB drive. That has folders by file type: /music, /books, /movies, /photos. Internally, these are organized based on whatever I felt was sensible at the time. /music has two folders, one for me and one for my wife, and then within each are usually separate directories for each album or band. Books has fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, unread books. Usually I try to move unread books into fiction/nonfiction once I've read them, but that doesn't always happen. Photos are broken up by year/month. Movies are unsorted.

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Re: How do you organize your files?

Postby Pingouin7 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:07 pm UTC

My Desktop is just another everyday folder because I hide desktop icons on the desktop.
Got stuff sorted in the default Images, Music, Video folders from Windows.

Got a folder on the Desktop named "Things" where I put all the funny pictures I save.
When I download stuff, it usually ends up in the Downloads folder. I arbitrarily choose some stuff to move to other places while a lot of the stuff just stays there forever.
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