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24-Apr-2007, 08:09 AM #1
How to find compressed files
I am having a problem in Windows XP with Symantec Ghost - bulks at restoring compressed files. So I would like to change all to uncompressed, but have not found a way to find them easily. Does anyone know of or have software that will search a given hard drive and list all compressed files?

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24-Apr-2007, 08:16 AM #2
All compressed files should be blue...........not Zipped files.
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24-Apr-2007, 10:37 AM #3
I looked into this a while ago, and there is no free utility to find compressed files. I ran across some non-free ones, but it wasn't worth it to me at the time.

FWIW, Ghost should not be failing on compressed files. Windows automatically compresses certain system files, and you shouldn't override that by manually uncompressing them. I've used Ghost many times successfully with compressed system files.
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24-Apr-2007, 10:52 AM #4
Find NTFS compressed files

NTFS Compressed File Decompressor
Decompress all compressed NTFS files on a drive in a single click.
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Handy tools there Elvandil .....do they work well???
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24-Apr-2007, 11:21 AM #6
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Handy tools there Elvandil .....do they work well???
Not sure if these are the same that I used during a long past "anti-compression" campaign. Though not for the exact same reasons, I found some problems with imaging utilities that people are working on and not yet completed. And I thought uncompressing might speed up the system a bit.

The decompressor seems to work well on Vista, though it can't access all files.
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24-Apr-2007, 11:30 AM #7
Compact.exe only searches the current directory. That means you have to at least know what folder the compressed files are in. It doesn't return anything from the root of the drive.

I can't get the second link to come up.
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24-Apr-2007, 11:31 AM #8
Hmmmm........nevertheless a tool to keep somewhere.

Having a bit of trouble with the second link also.
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24-Apr-2007, 11:36 AM #9
I can't get that link now, either. Try later. maybe some problem on their end.
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24-Apr-2007, 11:40 AM #10
Actually it does work just at the moment is takes awhile ....probably busy server
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24-Apr-2007, 03:52 PM #11
Thank you all for the suggestions - it does appear to be a ghost or windows settings problem as there are about a billion compressed files on the drive (found a free utility to list them in dos) - will add another reply if I ever figure out the problem. Thanks again.
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24-Apr-2007, 04:07 PM #12
Just a note about my utility linked above:
Find NTFS compressed files

Run it from a command line and specify the directory you want to check. You can also output to a text file:

findcompressed.exe C:\ >List.txt
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