Saving files in Desktop

Nepal
July 7, 2008 6:05am CST
Hello friends I am frequently saves my files in desktop. One of my friend is tell me that why you saved your file in desktop it is affect your computer and hanging your system. Do you have any idea or it is really affect computer system??
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@excellence7 (3440)
• Mauritius
8 Jul 08
I don't think so...because saving files on desktop holds a temporary space as mostly shortcuts files are stored on desktop and their real space in memory is in the drives.
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@smacksman (6076)
16 Sep 08
When you load a program it often puts a shortcut on the desktop linking to where the program is stored - usually in c:\Programs. When you save a file to Desktop then that file is stored in a folder called \Desktop. If the file is small, like a letter or a shortcut then it will make no difference. However, if the file is big, like a DVD movie or sound or photos then it will start to slow things down a bit but not enough to do damage. It is much better housekeeping to store your files in one place - a folder like My Documents or another partition or better still a second hard drive. The main reason for this is that it is easier to back up your data because it is in one place. You do back up all your data don't you?
@kidjuwee (612)
• Philippines
7 Jul 08
I don't think there is an effect in your computer if you save files in your desktop, I also do that. Maybe it will just make the rebooting of your computer to take some time if you have so many things in your desktop. But I'm sure if you do defragmentation in your drives, It will not cause your pc to hang, because I know that in defraging your files will be correctly organized in the system.
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@jessej9 (395)
• Philippines
7 Jul 08
Hi, from what I experience it really does affect the speed of your computer when you store many files in your desktop. There was a time where I felt it odd that my computer performance and start up time was really slow and after a few weeks or so, I noticed that I had a 1gb folder in my desktop, what I did was I moved the files and then voila my computer speed increased and so did my start-up time. So from my experience I can say that that it really does affect the computer.
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• Malaysia
7 Jul 08
It only hangs your system if you have too many files on the desktop, as your system takes longer to start up and show you the files you've placed on the desktop. If your comp also doesn't have enough RAM, then yes, it can also hang your comp, as your computer might take a much longer time to respond when you request it to execute a task, perhaps like playing a video. I hope this helped.
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@thinkbest (210)
• Indonesia
7 Jul 08
Yes, what your friend has said is right. I think it's better for you not to save the files on your desktop.
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@toogle (344)
• India
7 Jul 08
well what i know is that when you store lots of files on desktop then your computer will be little slower. if you store lots files on desktop then your computer will take more time then usual to start that's it. your system will be little slower when it starts. After that it will work fine. If you do not pay careful attention you will not find any speed difference. lots of files on desktop do not affect your computer or hang your system. just one lots of files on desktop make your desktop messed up. if you like it that way keep it that way.
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
Saving files directly on your desktop will make your computer slower. As much as possible keep only the basics or use for temporary storage only. Regularly remove unused desktop icons. happy posting!!
@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
17 Jul 08
Yes, what your friend has said is right. I think it's better for you not to save the files on your desktop.I use to save mine in Outlook in a special library.
@nokia6233 (937)
• India
10 Jul 08
i too do the same thing.... downlaod and keep all the temporary files on my desktop... there used to be a lot of file sin the desktop itself... i never noticed any perofrmance affected..
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I have no problems saving items to my desktop it makes the file easier to find. With that said the only problem I see is that you might have a very cuttered desktop and it will get to be hard to find anything. I usually store all the files I download to the desktop until I run the install or am finished with the file them move to a normal directory for storage.
@musicman6 (2368)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Excellence7, has the best answer, your files are not on your desktop, just the shortcut is! The files stay in your main drive! I don't keep very much on my desktop, because it gets too cluttered anyway! Just the stuff I need to work with everyday!
• Pakistan
8 Jul 08
no i dont save files in my desktop i just save it on my documents....because the PC gets slow by putting things in desktop