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what does compressing the C drive really do?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by unicorngirl, Aug 31, 2009.

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  1. unicorngirl

    unicorngirl Thread Starter

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    Hi, I have Windows XP. I have very low disc space and I just noticed the "compress NTFS drive" option in the properties of the C drive. I read the help topic on it and it says it might "decrease performance". I am concerned that doing this will make my computer even slower than it already is, or corrupt my images. I know there are things I can do about the slowness, but I'd like to tackle the disk space issue first. Can you tell me how compressing the C drive will affect slowness and wahtever files are on it? thank you so much.
     
  2. Megabite

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    How much space do you have left on your C drive?

    It is better to try and make more space by removing things you do not use or put them on DVDs or Cds
     
  3. flavallee

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    Do NOT select "Compress drive to save disk space".

    You can start out by browsing the Add Or Remove Programs list in the Control Panel and uninstalling any unneeded/unused programs.

    If you have a bunch of music/video files, you can burn them off to CD-R's and then delete them from your computer.

    What's the hard drive size and how much free space is there?

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  4. unicorngirl

    unicorngirl Thread Starter

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    It says I have 2.67 GB free and 23.4 GB used. I just managed to delete a program that it wouldn't let me before, that freed up most of it. My problem is a lot of the used space is music and I'm to the point where I can't add more music because it takes up so much room. I'm trying to eliminate as much unnecessary used space as possible. Also, my CD burner doesn't work, and I'd prefer not to have to buy more USB drives (I already have 3 as backups and storage). I just want to know if compressing will make my computer slower or screw up my files, in which case I should look for other options.
     
  5. flavallee

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    Watch your terminology. You don't "delete" a program. You uninstall it.

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    Right-click RECYCLE BIN, click Properties, move the slider from 10% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

    Right-click MY COMPUTER, click Properties - System Restore(tab), move the slider from 12% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

    Restart your computer afterwards. That'll give you a little extra hard drive free space.

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    You should burn off those music files to one or more CD-R's so you can free up all that hard drive space. You can insert the CD-R's and play your music files from there.

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  6. raybro

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    You should seriously consider replacing you failed CD burner with a DVD burner. Way better and you can burn CD's with it too. When (not if) you NEED a functioning CD/DVD drive, you will have more appreciation for having one. Good prices available form Newegg. Be sure to order the correct interface (SATA/eSATA/IDE).

    Raybro
     
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