Can I compress 244 GBs into 128GBs if so how?

June 9, 2017 at 13:16:40
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Can I compress 244 GBs into 128GBs if so how?

I want to put 244 gbs of used space on my hard drive into a 128 Gb flash drive


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#1
June 9, 2017 at 13:42:09
Before answering your question... Why put it all into a flash drive - when they are extremely unreliable for long term storage? They can, and do, fail at any time...

Far better to use an external hard drive; standard mechanical or SSD... Even a few DVDs? And if going with an external hard drive then also make a DVD set anyway (preferably two sets - so as to be sure that even if one set or part of it is damaged etc you still have another set from which to rebuild...)? Likewise should the hard drive die... you'd still have a DVD set (or two)...

The number of folks who come to assorted forums asking how to recover data lost on a flash drive - and they don't have it safely duplicated elsewhere (and not just on their operating computer...) - is legion... Don't become another one with the same sad situation...


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#2
June 9, 2017 at 14:17:17
I just want to do it temporarily so that I can wipe my computer and put my files back

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#3
June 9, 2017 at 14:56:44
I'd still be much inclined to use DVD at least; and ideally a duplicate set. Albeit it will take quite "a few"... but worth the time - for security sake at least?

Equally buy a usb external drive to the same end?

Presuming you're in Canada/USA then Amaozon.com have quite a selection... Likewise the other Amazon sites too.

http://tinyurl.com/ycqgrlru

And very likely not much more expensive than a whole slew of DVDs...; and by far the easier option. And then you have a duplicate copy of all your data; and it can be updated regularly...?


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#4
June 9, 2017 at 17:42:42
Compressing files depends on the content.
Media files already have a level of compression so not much you can add.
Text files can be compressed significantly, however MS office files also have a level of compression.

As already indicated, use an external drive to backup your data.


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#5
June 10, 2017 at 05:55:56
What types of files are included in the 244GB of data?
How big is the HDD you're working with?
Are you going to completely wipe the HDD & then reinstall Windows from scratch? Which Windows version?

If your HDD is big enough, just create a 250GB data partition. You should have one anyways. Storing important data on the Windows partition is foolish. Once the data partition is created & files moved into it, you can wipe the Windows partitions & then reinstall. As an alternative, move as much data as you can to the 128GB USB flash drive & create a smaller HDD data partition for the rest.

You can repartition the HDD from within Windows using EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition.

https://www.easeus.com/partition-ma...

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#6
June 10, 2017 at 12:39:43
Some files compress, some are already compressed (such as jpg pictures).
We need a lot of detail about the file types you want to put on it to even attempt to answer your question. They might hardly compress at all.

Standard DVDs only store 4.7GB so you would need a stack of them, even if double capacity. You need a hard disk drive, or a larger flash drive if you are a risk taker regarding reliability.

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#7
June 21, 2017 at 11:53:30
Can you give me a step by step on how to do this?

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#8
June 21, 2017 at 12:42:19
Can you give me a step by step on how to do this?

Do what?


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#9
June 21, 2017 at 15:56:09
c'mon trvlr - its much more fun trying to guess!

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