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#1 sra555

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 02:54 PM

Hi

Now my hard drive is getting full I'm going to have to start compressing some stuff.

I'd like to know what the difference is between using zip files and the 'Compress contents to save disk space' option you get in the advanced attributes of folders

Also, are there any loss of data issues (like you have when you compress photographs etc - Are the some files you should not compress)

Thanks for any help :):)

#2 dave38

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 05:49 PM

Compressing files may not actually gain you much space.
Some files, will not reduce in size very much, and they will still occupy as many clusters on your drive.
This may give a false impression of how much free space you have.

A better option is to add another drive, and move data files to it.
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