file organization

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by caligurl, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. caligurl macrumors 68030

    caligurl

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    #1
    i just got my first iMac and i want to get it set up neatly.

    on my PCs i always put certain folders in the root (i.e. photos, iTunes) rather than buried within other folders. i did this cuz it ended up being neater and less keystrokes when saving/finding stuff.

    is there any reason not to do this on my new iMac? am i better off using their folders they've established?

    thanx (and be gentle... i'm a mac newbie!)
     
  2. dXTC macrumors 68020

    dXTC

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    I was in your situation not too many years ago; I got my first Mac in 2007. However, instead of worrying so much about where the file was and/or what it was called, as I had done in Windows XP, I saw the future of file organization: metatags. I let iTunes and iPhoto worry about file storage maintenance, and concern myself more with the file's metadata (for example, the "Get Info" choice in iTunes). The only storage maintenance I perform is for other files and media, and for searching for those later there's Spotlight.
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

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    Keep the root of your drive cleaner by not adding anything to IT.

    If you want quick access to a specific folder, add it to the sidebar or dock.

    Some apps may get wonky if file, folders or apps are moved to non-default places.
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

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    Get an idea about moving iTunes Music folder by the the article/video How to move an iTunes library to an external drive.
     
  5. samh macrumors 6502

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    Yes, you are better off keeping user files in their user folder.
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I agree with the above. I know I've read the reason behind conforming to Apple's setup, but I can't remember....
     
  7. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

    colourfastt

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    Coming from the DOS world (actually pre-DOS: punchcards) I was pretty anal about my files and folder structure. After switching it was hard to let that mindset go. Since I have, I don't care where my files are kept, i.e., I let iPhoto manage and I don't care about where the individual images are. For other files I let the apps deal with them and if I need to find a find one later I use Spotlight .. after all, that's why we have it.
     

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