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#1 unloaded

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 06:08 AM

Hey, I saw this option of 'compress of files' recently in disk cleanup utilities, and it claims to save up my disk space quite alot, even though accessing would become slower. My question is, since it saves up quite abit, is it a good idea to set the compress old files' option to everyday or once a week?

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 06:41 AM

It all depends on what you choose to compress. If you compress things that you don't use very often - it's a good idea. But if you compress things that you do use often - it'll slow your system way down.

I'd say give it a try - if it slows it down too much you can un-compress the files and everything should return to normal.
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Posted 11 May 2007 - 07:07 AM

If you are compressing files to save space or to speed up certain applications, then why not REALLY save space by archiving them to disk, especially if you are not using them often?
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Posted 11 May 2007 - 07:29 AM

thanks for the reply. I will try archiving on larger files.

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 02:40 PM

What exactly do they mean by "old" files, anyways?

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 02:50 PM

hi mattv it means files that are not used often.
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Posted 11 August 2007 - 03:22 PM

hi mattv it means files that are not used often.

OK. I have some programs that are pretty old (still using Office '97, for example), but I use them frequently. Not something I'd want to compress. So I figured that their definition of old and my definition were not quite the same. :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

I think that MS means by "old" is the equivalent of not used (or accessed) recently, not how long the files have been on your computer. If I have applications that I have not used in some time, it is different than having say, old documents on my hard drive; you have to review each one and make a decision about whether to delete the file completely, move it to storage, compact (compress) it, or do nothing.
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