Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2011 8:00 AM (in response to Jeff Kjoller)
It's better to keep them under your user directory. The issue will come when you migrate to a new system and the setup assistant doesn't copy your "data". It's easy enough to copy manually but why not keep everything for your userid together.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2011 8:14 AM (in response to Jeff Kjoller)
Another reason for the User folder: just about every app defaults to there for saving. I can see no advantage whatever in storing fils in the Root level and significant inconvenience
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2011 8:37 AM (in response to Jeff Kjoller)
Even though most Macs have only one regular user, the Mac OS supports multiple users. Each one stores his or her personal data in a separate home folder. The rest of the filesystem is for files common to all users. To avoid problems, don't interfere with that model.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2011 10:42 AM (in response to Jeff Kjoller)
Some folks do that on Wndoze, but OSX works best, in almost all circumstances, with OSX, apps, and data on the same partition. That optimizes efficient use of the disk, and minimizes seek times.
Having data on a separate physical drive, however, is a different story. Many users with SSDs and HDs in their Macs put OSX and apps on the SSD, data on the HD, and report better performance.