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Pro's & Con's of Hard Drive Compression

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Apart from saving space on your hard drive, what other advantages does HDD compression have?

At the moment my PC's Hard Drive is un-compressed and I was considering letting Windows Compress 20Gb of files.

Are there any disadvantages to this? (e.g. PC is slower to find and load files?)

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It'll give you a performance hit as it'll have to decompress the files to use them again.

If you're that short on space, considering the price difference between 40Gb and 80Gb hard drives, would it not be far easier to just give yourself another 80Gb to play with in an uncompressed state rather than spend an hour or so letting Windows do it?
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