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Windows 7: Saving space

12 Mar 2015   #1
barsim

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Saving space

My machine's HD rapidly filling up.
I'm thinking of compressing this drive to save space as the attachment shows this option.
What's the practical implications when backing up, installing, deleting...etc.?
Thank you




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12 Mar 2015   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

In my opinion that is not the way to go. If everything is compressed and you want to read a file etc, it takes a lot of time to open. If must be restored to normal size first.
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12 Mar 2015   #3
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You've still got about 30 percent of that drive free.

I wouldn't expect any speed issues with that drive until that figure got down to at least 10 percent. Maybe even farther.

You may have something odd going on with your applications or configuration that is causing space to be used up faster than necessary--junk of one type or another. You could download Tree Size Free to see exactly what is taking up the space.

I agree entirely with Rich. New drive space is about $50 per terabyte. Your drive is only 1/2 terabyte in size. You've got a desktop PC, so in all likelihood you can simply install a new large drive alongside your existing drive and use it for storage only.

Compression is a complication. I'd avoid it other than as an absolute last resort.
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12 Mar 2015   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Download and run Treesize Free, see what it tells you about disk utilization. There may be a lot of space that can be reclaimed.
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12 Mar 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As was already said, compression is not a good idea. You must have a lot of user data because a normal OS is under 30GBs. I would move the lesser used data outboard on a 2TB USB3 disk ($69). Also check your shadowstorage. The command is:

vssadmin list shadowstorage
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12 Mar 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I agree compression is a No No.
Only you know what you want to keep on that drive.

What anti virus program do you use?
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