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Compress drive to save disk space?


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batpark

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Re a 6 year old desktop pc with XP ---  I would appreciate advice on the “Compress drive to save disk space” option .

 

I have only 5GB of free space on my 35GB hard drive. How much additional free space would I likely pick up by compressing my drive? What are the downsides of  compressing? I assume the process is not reversible, right?

 

Thanks.  ..... batpark


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Hi batpark,

 

If you use the "Compress drive to save disk space" option, you might be able to save around 5~10% of your existing space (in your case, about 2GB.) However your mileage might vary based on what files are present. For example, a lot of system files, or a lot of video files that's already compressed, a lot of zip files, etc.

 

However, do keep in mind that your performance would degrade considerably, as every file that has been compressed, needs to be uncompressed before opening, and is therefore only recommended for systems that you rarely use.

 

Hope this Helps.

 

Good Luck!


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Ztruker

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Get a larger hard drive or move to a newer computer. XP is getting a bit long in the tooth so to speak.


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ztruker: Thanks. I hear you and will likely be going that way.

 

markkassery: Thanks for the explanation.

 

.... batpark


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