How Many Files Are on My Computer? Testing the Myth of Desktop Slowdowns

Have you ever wondered whether having too many files on your desktop can slow down your computer’s boot-up time? You’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll explore this myth and test whether it’s still relevant in 2021.

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Now back to the test. We started by checking the size of the folder on the desktop – it was a whopping 102 gigabytes of data. In the past, having so much data on the desktop might have slowed down the boot-up time, but with modern-day NVMe drives and SSDs, we weren’t so sure.

After a cold boot, we let the desktop fully load up and timed how long it took. Surprisingly, even with 102 GB of data on the desktop, it only took 43 seconds to fully load.

Next, we removed all the files except for one, the Windows ISO, to see if that made a difference. We repeated the cold boot process and timed it again. This time, with only one file on the desktop, it took roughly the same amount of time to boot up – within a second of the first test.

So, what does this test prove? In 2021, having a lot of data on your desktop doesn’t seem to affect your computer’s boot-up time. This myth is likely a remnant of older operating systems and hardware.

If you’re still worried about cluttered desktops, there are other reasons to keep them organized. But when it comes to boot-up time, you can rest easy knowing that having files on your desktop doesn’t make a noticeable difference.

We hope this test was helpful in debunking this myth. If you have any other myths or questions you want us to test, let us know in the comments below.