Compress drive C

May 28, 2005 at 18:58:19
Specs: Win XP, AMD/256 mb RAM

Hi! Everybody,
Are there any disadvantages or problems involved,if I use the option in the properties of drive C,what stated: Compres drive to save drive space? Reason for asking is,that I need some space.
Thanks for your input and Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend!

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May 28, 2005 at 19:12:42


The option to "compress" the hard drive should be your last resort. When the drive is compressed drive access will be noticably slower than a non compressed drive, as reads have to uncompress the data and writes have to compress the data. Also, a compressed drive is more prone to corruption. When a compressed drive becomes corrupt you lose all of the data. With an uncompressed drive you generally just lose a few files.

Considering how inexpensive hard drives are (200gig just under $100 USD, or under $80 USD after rebates) nowadays you are much better off buying a larger hard drive.

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May 28, 2005 at 19:44:57

Thanks hroldw for your rapid response and an advise,that I will definitely follow up!
Again,Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend!

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