“Noooooooooooooo! Don’t put it on your desktop!” Have you ever been a victim of saving too many things on your desktop and then lost it?! Why don’t IT professionals want you to save things to your desktop anyway? It’s so convenient. You can find things there. Why wouldn’t you do that?
When you save something to your desktop it’s not safe. In most cases, if you have a hard drive failure or needed to do a system restore, your desktop settings will not be preserved, which includes the files you store on the desktop.
If you work in a place that you move from computer to computer and login under your profile, chances are, your desktop “favorites” will not transfer. This will leave you without those easily accessible files, shortcuts and anything else you stashed there.
Besides possibly losing the ability to access those files, bogging down your desktop with a number of files and junk can make a difference in how your computer performs.
Along with everything above, this also can become a security issue in most workplaces where confidential documents are in plain sight to anyone sitting at the computer. If your company has confidentiality protocols in place, you may want to double check them as saving files to your desktop may violate those policies.
So what’s the answer? Where should you be saving your precious files so you can find them easily and from any computer? You should save your files out to a network drive (if you have one). If you don’t have a network drive, you should probably save to your local disk and backup periodically. This will ensure that you don’t loose your files and they will be more secure.