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"Compress drive to save disk space"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sharky, May 17, 2004.

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  1. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    Doing some maintainence on my computer, i am considering doing this option: "Compress drive to save disk space". There is also a "compress old files" to save space

    are these both the same things? (same drive)


    can i undo this options? im a big fan of reformatting to undo problems in the event its challenging to undo compress a file.

    thanks
     
  2. Bold_Fortune

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    I wouldn't suggest selecting the option to compress the entire drive. That sometimes can cause some trouble. However if you like you can try it. And should you change your mind just untick it, and it will uncompress just as easily...BUT, if you try it, be prepared that your system may not reboot. Some files shouldn't be compressed.

    Yes, the "compress old files" is a much better option to use. However, every-so-often, I've seen people run into trouble using this option, too. But everybody's system is different.
     
  3. Bold_Fortune

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    Oh, should you use the "compress old files" option, and wish to undo this, you can choose the option to compress the entire drive, and then immediately uncompress the entire drive. This will return all files to their uncompressed state. That's the only way I know of uncompressing old files.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    At at command prompt:

    compact /c [directory or filename] compresses a file or directory.

    compact /u [directory or filename] uncompresses.

    compact /c /s:dir [directory] compresses all files in the directory and all subdirectories of directory "dir", or of the current directory if "dir" is not specified.
     
  5. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    About "compress old files". i did it and system is doing fine and faster

    About "compress the entire drive". Anything that might make my computer not boot,i stay away from.

    thanks everyone
     
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