what is the best way to organize/document the Documents on a desktop PC?

By IT2MD · here I am again asking a redundantly stupid question. But I have this PC that I've been using for the last three years and it has all sorts of documents on it from Pictures to Music to Office documents to PDFs and of course apps and programs. I'm preparing to back it up and take it to my mom's house and use it over there because I have a new HP TouchSmart PC that I will begin using in August! BUT I want to organize, document, and archive the 15.6 GB of files that are on it so I can find what I am looking for if I should need it. I want to know where every thing is. I want to be able to go to one place and find where whatever I am looking for is. Do you know what I mean?

I guess my question is this: Does anyone know of the best way to organize, document, and archive all the personal documents on desktop PC running Windows XP Home Edition.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Windows Explorer!

by ElliotBath In reply to what is the best way to o ...

There are multiple ways to do this really. There is 3rd party software that can be used in place of Windows Explorer that allows finer tuning with sorting out documents (please Google).

The best way though is to do searches based upon either filename or extension (.jpg .mp3 etc.), once you've searched, you can select those files and cut them to a new folder. I'd begin by making a new folder structure in the root of the C: drive. So something like C:\SortedDocs and then you can start on moving the right files to the right places.

If you have Windows XP updated, you should have search 4.0 installed, which is similar to the search feature found in Vista/Win7. You'll need to ensure that disk indexing is on.

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