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Windows 7: Do you compress your C drive?


05 Sep 2010   #1

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Do you compress your C drive?

do you compress your C drive and is there any cons of doing that?

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05 Sep 2010   #2

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Yes, anti-virus applications will have a hard time scanning it and will take forever also Windows itself will run a lot slower. Hard drives are fairly cheap these days, so why compress? Just get a bigger one or an other one if possible.

The only drives I would consider compressing would be storage drives that I don't access very often and even then only if I was desperate. Never do it to a system drive.
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05 Sep 2010   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post

The only drives I would consider compressing would be storage drives that I don't access very often. Never do it to a system drive.

Y not? I'm currently compressing a C drive on the laptop.
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05 Sep 2010   #4

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Well you asked and I answered with just 2 cons, I'm sure the experts will list many more. The only pro that I can see is that it will give you marginally more space on the drive, and it wont be very much. Better to get an external drive perhaps if you are that desperate for space.

Try it, you can always decompress it again if you find problems.

I tried it once years ago with my first PC and everything crawled, so gave up on that idea.

I'm just giving you the benefit of my experience.

Edit: Whatever you do don't try to stop the process once started. Let it complete.
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05 Sep 2010   #5

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it only reduced the space on the laptop by 2 GB.. what a waste of time. Why shouldn't I do it on a system drive? and is there any more cons such as errors?
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05 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

any cons???? Sure, it slows the drive down as it has to compress everything.
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05 Sep 2010   #7

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

When you compress anything, each file and folder has to be decompressed or 'unpacked' in order to be read by the system, or scanned by security software, that all takes time.

You can decompress it again....!!
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05 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

i see... Well I will decompress the drive just for that reason. Thx.
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05 Sep 2010   #9

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

You're welcome and good luck.
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05 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I think the only pros for compressing is the space. For me, it's not a good reason for compressing. lol
Ex_brit is right, hard drives are cheap. ^_^
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