Compress drive to save disk space

June 12, 2007 at 12:47:22
Specs: WinXP Sp 2, 512mb

When I right-click any drive I get an option saying: "Compress drive to save disk space". Are there any disadvantages clicking that window?

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June 12, 2007 at 12:55:54

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June 12, 2007 at 13:04:52

I see nobody answered #2 on that link above to an old post.

Here is my belated answer:
This would be better directed to MS.

I would suggest it is an option for those with very little HD space to play with, who dont want to invest in a larger HD (or can't afford to) and are prepared to risk the consequences if they ever run into a serious problem.

Mass compression has always been a risky business even on much earlier OS's.


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June 12, 2007 at 15:13:57

I must disagree with all the naysayers.

Compression is not only faster in most situations and saves valueable hard drive space. Remember that disk access is in miliseconds where ram and processor times are in microseconds. If you take 20 percent more off a disk and let your unused processing time un-compress it apps will/may speed up. The downside is apps like virtual machines that may need access to the file system across two os's and one app. For those directories you can un-compress them.

The only small drawback might be if you wish to access the drive from some alternate OS's or old dos. Even then there are work arounds.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you goober.

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June 12, 2007 at 16:27:29


I can see your angle in a generally way but can still see difficulties if you ever have to try to retreive data off an ailing HD or in preparation for reformat.

There are possible ways around this but they add in extra hassle at a time when you just don't need it. Having said that keeping regular backups elsewhere would cover for this. The trouble is that not many people do so.


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June 12, 2007 at 18:37:16

I will add my voice among the naysayers. Compressing drives has caused many people grief. Much better to add another hard drive to your system. IMO every one should have more than one drive. It's invaluable for backups.

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July 5, 2007 at 13:13:58

A little belated but thanx for the discussion. I think I will stay away from compression. Thanx again.

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