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January 22, 2017 at 21:17:59
Specs: Windows
hi, i wanted to know is there any way that i could make my files smaller in size that i don't use that much cause i have a file close to 100 Gb. and i don't have a lot space remaining.

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January 22, 2017 at 21:53:30
Add extra harddisk or external storage.
1 FILE of 100GB? Is that some kind of application?
Or you mean 1 FOLDER of 100GB?

I hope you have good backups!

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January 22, 2017 at 22:23:18
thats a backup folder of pics, videos so will zip or some kind of thing like that help make it small i wont be able to get a hard drive that's why

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January 22, 2017 at 23:23:19
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Well, gotta be honest. If you have files that are old and will never be required by you, delete them. So the first step will be to sort all files out which are to be deleted.

Done? Now you should be left with files you cannot depart with, so its time for compression.

Use 7zip for compression of files in ultra 7z archives. You can find 7zip here -

For videos, you can lower their resolution to save some extra space. You can use this software -

For MP3s, WAV and OGG files, you can compress them all in 192kbps (or lower, upto 128kbps) to save more space.

Hope this helps!

Even after all the steps above, your 100GB data can only be compressed upto 70-65GB (approx), so you need to really choose the files that you will always need to keep, deleting the others.

Get back with results! :)

Jay Sarma
Music Producer and Game Developer
Dibrugarh, Assam, India

EDIT - for compressing Pictures, you can use these -

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January 22, 2017 at 23:33:48
Thank you for your help

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January 23, 2017 at 00:11:26
External hard drives are useful to store (long term) and safeguard files one doesn't wish to delete, lose, or downgrade in terms of quality (the latter being music, videos, photos...).

Seriously consider that option... Also making dvd copies of anything you consider important too, besides storing them on another hard drive. Having duplicates ensures you reduce risk of loss due to a failure of either storage medium. And check the duplicates at intervals too.

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January 23, 2017 at 00:13:08
Hello again,
Your welcome!
Also listen to trvlr's advice too.

Jay Sarma
Music Producer and Game Developer
Dibrugarh, Assam, India

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January 23, 2017 at 06:18:00
It all depends on the file types. If they are jpg pictures for instance then there is no point zipping them at all because they are already compressed.

If the video files are mp4 then it is unlikely they will compress any further either.

Alternatively just try compression - you will soon see if it helps or not.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 23, 2017 at 12:32:13
The ultimate answer is more drive space. If it is a desktop machine, add a second hard drive and move your personal files (documents folder, etc.) over to it. If it is a laptop purchase a larger hard drive and clone the current hard drive over to it and expand it to the entire new drive space, then switch out the drives.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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