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#1 Iron Smile

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:11 PM

If you right click on the C Drive, and go to properties, it has a little thing at the bottom that says compress drive to save dick space.

I was wondering if it would hurt to click it? Cause i need some space on my c drive, but i dont know what else to do.

What all does compressing it do? Does it hurt the computer or anything i have?

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:34 PM

It won't hurt anything, but the it will slow it down a bit. It's been around for quite awhile so it's fairly stable. That said, I'd only recommend it for a disk that has fairly stable contents, and doesn't get read from alot. Why not just buy a big disk and add it to your system?

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 10:19 PM

Compressing C: won't hurt anything, but like Baric said it will slow things down. Typically, it isn't recommended to compress drives that are used a great deal. On most Windows systems, the C: drive is used nearly constantly. If you're running low on space, some preferable steps are:

1. Adding another drive.
2. Selectively compressing files and folders that you don't use often (do not compress anything unless you know what it is.)
3. Delete old files you don't need and/or uninstall programs you don't need.
4. Move files and folders you don't need very often, but want to keep, onto a removable disk (like a CD/DVD-RW, ZIP drive, USB Flash drive, etc.)

You could also get a good compression utility (I like WinRAR) and start packing stuff into archives.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 10:20 PM

Another option would be to store information that you don't use on a regular basis on CDs or DVDs to free up more space.

AA...you were fast on the draw, this time.

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#5 Iron Smile

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:26 AM

ok thanks guys. my uncle recomended adding another drive, but the ones he showed me was over $100, and thats a bit to high for me. i'll have to save up for one tho.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:59 AM

Worth a look, IMO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....e=%2425+-+%2450

Of course, it all depends on size of drive more than anything these days.

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