Good point: There is no compelling reason to accept the idea of a "Downloads" folder inside a profile "Documents" folder, and a downloads folder at root eliminates the path length limit problem that prompted me to look for alternative directory names. But:
Why let it "default" to a download location? Make a Directory on the ROOT and opt to download it there. Better yet, use a Downloader (e.g. Flashget). It's NEVER a good idea to download to a "Profile". Most "common" users make this mistake thinking "MS must know best".
1) Why are you so emphatic about "NEVER ... download to a 'Profile'"? [As you say, MS thinks it is a good idea.] Is it something more than a path length limit problem?
2) It would still be nice to find a good, complete reference for WinNT.SIF, at least for the directory and path settings.
1) IMHO... I consider mine a "junk" work area, kind of like the IE folders - "to be deleted occasionally" (contents of "MY whatever")...
2) See jaclaz comment...
I agree about separating the user home partition from the system partition. In fact, that was another one of the reasons to search for answers about ProfilesDir (and its subdirectories, which also have registry values). But:
I recommend to even change the location of Videos, Music, and Pictures (it's in the Options of the Software) to even a different partition or better a different HDD. Want to defrag? Go ahead and defrag a MONSTER 1tb partition - be prepared to wait all night.
1) What do you mean about:
? Do you just mean to avoid the MS "My Pictures", "My Music", "My ..." silliness?
"even change the location of Videos, Music, and Pictures"
Or do you mean to separate those media files from other downloads? If so, automatically during download (and, if so, how?) or just by moving files after download?
IMHO, Separate, separate, separate... "Organize"! (see next part...)
2) What do you mean by:
? Do you mean the browser options? If not, what? If so, do you mean something more than the "download directory" option?
"it's in the Options of the Software"
In Browser Options, for downloads, set the option to "Let Me Choose". OR use a (any good Downloader, depending on WHAT you download, e.g. general "File Downloader", "Video Downloader", etc.) and set THAT one to "let me choose"/"my default folder".
1)Create a "Music" folder/Partition (preferably) elsewhere
2)Within it, create "Joe", "Mary", etc..
3)Protect each one's "modify" (whatever) for JUST "Joe" (same as "My Documents/My Music") - "Read" can be applied for "sharing" with "Mary" (and vice-versa)
4)Within the given Application (MediaPlayer) for "Joe", set the Folders to "Joe" and "Mary"
5)Each User (Joe/Mary) creates their own personalized "playlists" to their tastes - NO DUPLICATES WILL EXIST
6)The same could be done with "My Pictures" (etc) and even PREVENT access to ANOTHER sub-folder "Picture\Nunya" (Joe doesn't want Mary to see his pr0n and vice-versa
As well as creating "Drivers" and sub-dividing into TYPES of drivers. "Organize" - and note that you don't have "spaces" AND the Depth of Folders/Files will be as shallow as possible (see jaclaz comment)
I presented such a layout to my Brother (who records his band's live gigs) and he...
1)"loads" from cassette into Partition "x:\JAMSIN\gigname.wav"
2)"edits" "x:\JAMSIN\gigA.wav" to "x:\JAMSOUT\gigAtune1.wav", "x:\JAMSOUT\gigAtune2.wav", etc.
3)"burns" files "x:\JAMSOUT\gigA*.wav" to CD (for travel, distribution, whatever) -AND- "converts them to MP3 to place into his "Joe" folder (see previous example)
4)"backs up" "x:\JAMSIN" to CD/DVD
5)deletes JAMSIN and JAMSOUT Contents (burned, remember?)
6)Defrags the Partition (prevents "stutters" for next "gig round")
Remember that any given application has "options" for JUST THAT USER therefore don't intermingle (just like the "My Documents") since each one is "personalized".
Yes, this sounds "complicated" BUT everything is highly organized and minimal partition sizes are used to reduce defrag time - enough "space" to allow for "work" or "storage". What you want is easily found as well. Only the "initial setup" is the pain in the axx. Not for the faint-hearted...
(I almost wish I hadn't suggested it now...) You may keep it "basic" for e.g. your Drivers and leave other stuff alone (as 5eraph suggests). You'd choke if you seen my HDD layouts BUT I have everything organized and (almost) easily found/manipulated.
submix8c - outta this! (I am a complex piece of human meat)
Edited by submix8c, 25 September 2012 - 08:44 AM.