The desktop allows me to arrange files/folders as I'd like on it, so I'm wondering if it's possible to allow the same thing for my D: folder/drive? Is this possible?
Long answer short: you cannot.
This used to be possible in early windows versions, but in recent versions of windows, the Explorer window just does not allow you to arrange files/folders at all. They are always sorted afterwards. This is also the case if you use explorer to navigate to your desktop folder. You can't drag the icons around there either.
Given that sort is always applied in explorer, if you want to sort your folders differently, rename them and add a number in front. Such as:
- My stuff
- Awesome Projects
- The rest
No. The Windows Desktop exists for the operating system as a whole and not for the individual drives.
You can only have one real Desktop (the one you see when you log on.
With Windows 10 you can have virtual Desktops but they are still a Windows desktop and do not extend to folders.
Sorry - desktop arrangements do not apply to folders in the way you are asking.
You can place files / folders anywhere on your Desktop.
Within Explorer, file and folder views are limited to the Windows Explorer folder options and cannot (safely) be re-arranged anywhere.