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Enabling NTFS file/folder compression

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June 4, 2003 4:18:16 PM

Does it affect the drives performance to enable file/folder compression when formatting a NTFS disk under WINXP? What exactly does this do, I mean, does windows start compressing folders as it sees fit, or does it just allow me to compress folders and files easier? Thanks!
June 4, 2003 11:12:55 PM

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What exactly does this do, I mean, does windows start compressing folders as it sees fit, or does it just allow me to compress folders and files easier?

Windows does not compress file or folders when formatting in NTFS. You have to set it manually for file/folder individually.
To compress a file or folder, right-click its icon in Windows Explorer, choose properties and click <b>Advanced</b> button. Check <b>Compress contents to save disk space</b>.
<b>Note</b>, By all means, avoid compress system files and log files that Windows uses regularly or you'd be greatly regretted. Furthermore, compression makes no difference or effect on files that already being compressed such as mp3, mpg or zip files.

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June 5, 2003 1:25:10 AM

i personally think its worthless.
To risky to compress any system files if windows goes titsup.com (and yiou know it will!).
And anything else one can just use winrar or the compression program of your choice.

If i run out of room i burn cheap CD's, or get a new hard drive like i did last week :smile:
an extra 120Gb comes in handy :wink:

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June 5, 2003 4:38:15 AM

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And anything else one can just use winrar or the compression program of your choice.

Windows compression program has an advantage compared to other 3rd party programs that its compressed files can be opened automatically (on-the-fly) as normal files in Windows so you wouldn't notice the difference.

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