Should I compress my external hard drive? Tags: Hard Drives Western Digital Book External Hard Drive Storage Last response: March 4, 2013 3:03 AM in Storage Share dennis96411 March 3, 2013 9:38:56 PM I use my Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB external hard drive exclusively for backing up my stuff. I want to know whether to compress the drive or not. Things to consider: * I have a software installed that backups the data I chose everyday. * I record gameplays using Fraps periodically. More about : compress external hard drive jitpublisher a b G Storage March 3, 2013 9:52:01 PM Basically, no I would not compress it unless it was full and I simply had no money to buy another drive, or any other option. Why are you thinking of doing that, are you running out of room? dennis96411 March 3, 2013 9:53:29 PM jitpublisher said:Basically, no I would not compress it unless it was full and I simply had no money to buy another drive, or any other option. Why are you thinking of doing that, are you running out of room? Well, I have about 100GB left, but I'm not too worried about that. Basically, I want the best performance out of it. Related resources Hard Drive Cloning Compresses Size?? - Forum What will happen if i compress a drive to disk space? - Forum external hard drive for backups - Forum external hard drive for backups - Forum Can't format my external hard drive . Should I wipe it? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer jitpublisher a b G Storage March 3, 2013 10:15:09 PM Compressing it will slow it down considerably. If you are concerned about performance, don't compress it. Douglaserytin March 4, 2013 3:03:35 AM Why do you have to do that? As I know, the compressing process can be bad for drive performance. So, since it is your backup drive, you’d better never compress it. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumHDD External Hard Drive Corrupted and Unreadable, What should I do? ForumClone/backup multiple computers' hard drives onto single external HD? ForumWhat external Hard drive should I buy for my PS3? ForumHDD External Hard Drive Corrupted and Unreadable, What should I do? ForumWhich external hard-drive should I get? ForumECS RS400-A MB - having problem connecting USB External Hard Drive ForumMy dell laptop wont pick up my external hard drive what should i do ForumHow to setup a backup hard drive ? ForumExternal hard drive backup question ForumPurchase External Hard Drive ForumBacking up WinXP Pro to External Hard Drive ForumDell Optiplex 755 Upgrade ForumVerbatim external hard drive does not connect when plugged ForumToshiba External Hard Drive ForumI can not see External hard drive in device manager, More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !