saving files on desktop

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I know the downsides of doing this but I'm still a big fan.

I just wondered, do files saved on the desktop get saved on the same partition that windows is on? if that drive were full, would windows save them on the next available ntfs partition?

i can't seem to find an answer anywhere.
 
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They get saved in the "Desktop" folder of your user profile, so unless you have manually redirected your profile or components of it, it will default to C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Desktop
 
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As M0KUJ1N says, they just get saved to a folder on your hard drive, the same way as shortcuts are stored on your start menu.
If your C: drive is full then you'll get a low disk warning and not be able to save any more files to the desktop or otherwise.
 
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As said, it's basically a folder in the %USERPROFILE% dir named 'Desktop'. It's quite easy to modify the location of the desktop folder to an entirely different disk though via the registry :)
 
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Trigger said:
As said, it's basically a folder in the %USERPROFILE% dir named 'Desktop'. It's quite easy to modify the location of the desktop folder to an entirely different disk though via the registry :)

how would one go about doing this? isnt there an easier way than having to edit the reg?
 
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If you want to do it the hacky way then the following registry keys controls the various options:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

and

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

For my home PC I have the base user Profiles folders, users Documents and Settings folders and even Shared Documents relocated to the D: drive, saves a lot of arse ache should the main system disk die or needs a reinstall as hopefully all the important stuff is elsewhere.
 
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