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I'm constantly pirating downloading stuff to my hard drive. I have so many files and programs it gets overwhelming. So I use a little organization system to make my life much easier. I have my Start menu sorted into categories (utilities, games, media, internet, programming, etc) so I never have to strain my eyes looking for a certain program. It's all sorted so I know right where it is. I keep a folder for all my media that I download called "Shared" (meaning its shared between my home network). I have a Videos folder, which has subfolders of TV, Movies, Documentaries, etc. I have a CD Images folder, a pictures folder, a games folder, an emulation folder, and a to-be-sorted folder. It's kind of time consuming keeping my files organized but if everything isn't perfectly sorted, I go nuts.

So how do you guys keep track of all your shit? Do you categorize everything like I do or just put it anywhere? I always though I was one of the only people who does this.
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My hard drive is like my room, it looks unorganized and messy, but at least I know where everything is.
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Pretty basic really. Games go in GAMES folder, music goes in MUSIC folder, pictures go in PICTURES folder etc etc.

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i used to have a bad habit of collecting a bunch of shit on my desktop, then throwing it in a folder with a stupid name, then putting all those folders somewhere else, and eventually put a bunch of them into another new folder with a dumb name.

i have music, movies, books, software, and "etc" as the root folders in my main storage drive. i will add subfolders when necessary, like in books i have computers, design, guitar, crap like that.
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my documents\downloads\
+ tv shows
+ movies
+ apps
+ games
+ drivers
my documents\my music\
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Deleting stuff helps.

Oh, and tagging.
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Whent hings gets too messy I reformat
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Seriously. I just went through all of my drives and got rid of everything but music, transfered PSDs and textures to an external HD, and formated every drive. It's great.

Unless you have some sort of emotional attachment to downloads you know you aren't going to use any time soon (like games you already played and videos you already watched) there is no reason to keep them around.
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Seriously. I just went through all of my drives and got rid of everything but music, transfered PSDs and textures to an external HD, and formated every drive. It's great.

Unless you have some sort of emotional attachment to downloads you know you aren't going to use any time soon (like games you already played and videos you already watched) there is no reason to keep them around.
I get emotionally attatched all the time. Even if it's like a video I've already watched or a game I don't feel like playing. I always think, "If you delete this you're going to need it 3 days later."
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pretty much nothing stays on either of my computers' hard drives for long, instead everyting is mvoed to the external

on it:

work: website one, project 2, etc

personal: photos, art, music, pictures

basically. though lately its been getting pretty messy :S i like to keep everything organized. i want to get a second hard drive which would be an exact replica of the one on i have now just in case of anything.
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i used to have a bad habit of collecting a bunch of shit on my desktop, then throwing it in a folder with a stupid name, then putting all those folders somewhere else, and eventually put a bunch of them into another new folder with a dumb name.

this is still the stage i'm at.
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i used to have a bad habit of collecting a bunch of shit on my desktop, then throwing it in a folder with a stupid name, then putting all those folders somewhere else, and eventually put a bunch of them into another new folder with a dumb name.


I used to do that too, but now I try my best to keep everything in reasonable places and/or with reasonable names.
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Four folders:

Games
Apps
Installers
Documents

I think Documents is the only folder I make subfolders to (i.e. pictures, eBooks, school)
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I attempt to keep my personal files, standalone/portable applications, and various other goodies in a single folder off the root. It makes it easier to move files between drives for backup purposes. Miscellaneous files are kept in the main folder. Stuff like TV shows I tend to keep on the desktop, since they're mostly the watch-then-delete type. Anything worth saving goes straight into the appropriate folder.

I realize this isn't the most effective organization structure, so any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

+---3dsmax (Saved projects, textures, tutorials)
+---Comedy (Comedian albums, AVIs)
+---Fonts
+---Games (Game fixes, patches, DLC)
+---Music (Organized by artist, organized in foobar2000 by genre most of the time)
+---Pictures
|   +---Comics
|   +---Icons
|   +---Photoshop
|   \---Wallpaper
+---Porn Movies (Naughty videos)
+---Pornography (Naughty pictures)
+---Programs (Standalones, portable, and forced-portable applications)
+---Recipes (Pretty much saved webpages from goons with spoons)
+---Setup Files
|   +---Codecs (Video, audio codecs filters and so on)
|   +---Drivers
|   +---Miscellaneous (Old programs that I hardly use, but may come in handy)
|   +---Visual Styles (UX theme patcher, stylebuilder, and my only favourite visual style 'areao4' with some modifications)
|   \---Windows Updates (I would integrate these onto the setup disc, but that's why theres service packs)
+---Video (Full videos, movies, tv shows)
|   +---Brasseye
|   +---Don Hertzfeldt
|   +---Mystery Science Theater 3000
|   \---Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
\---Video Clips (FLVs and SWFs)
    +---Enraging (clips that make me angry, but laugh at the same time)
    +---Fat Pie
    +---Opie & Anthony
    \---Tim and Eric

Total size: 68GB
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Compared to my room, my folders are fairly organized:



I also have other levels for each folder. (e.g. under Install: Drivers, Fonts, Plugins, Utilities, Games, Programming, Multimedia, General, etc.)

I almost never browse folders anymore, however. It's much easier to just search with Google Desktop or something similar.
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Uhhh I have all my important files on the external hard drive, and I like to keep it organized.

Basically

Anime (Most stuff in there is real anime, but I have some TV series in there too like Goosebumps or Eerie Indiana)
Downloads (All the stuff that comes from Limewire, uTorrent, or w/e. I put it in a different folder when it's done)
Movies (All non-anime movies)
Games (All types of games, roms, dos games, pc games, etc etc)
School (All my school stuff)
Graphics (Everything graphical. Avatars, signatures, wallpaper, pictures, everything goes in here)
Music
RPG Maker (RPG Makers and projects, RTPs)
Tutorials (I keep tutorials for most Adobe programs here, and 3DsMax)

That's pretty much it. Simple and clean.
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Anime

Why you do this?

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Because I gotta catch em' all.

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My hard drive is like my room, it looks unorganized and messy, but at least I know where everything is.

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Pretty basic really. Games go in GAMES folder, music goes in MUSIC folder, pictures go in PICTURES folder etc etc.

My computer is set up like this too. Everything has a specific folder so that when I need it, I don't have to run around trying to look for it.

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