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    Question Should I compress my (C:) Drive?

    Ok, I wanted to lower the amount of space being taken up, so I was thinking of compressing the data in my (C:) drive. You know, the one that holds all the program files and stuff.

    So, is it a good idea? Or will it have any negative side effects?

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    Default Re: Should I compress my (C:) Drive?

    Well there are a few files that you should not compress like the bootmgr. If they are compressed, the computer won't start. I had this problem a few times, but I have compressed my C drive and as long as you don't compress any boot files or any that ask for permission to compress, it should be ok. Once you start, don't stop the compression for any reason, it can mess up your computer like it not starting like I said above.

    Also to free space:

    remove any unnecessary files with disk cleanup after compress. This could remove files like "compress old files" or temporary internet files and maybe go to uninstall any programs you no longer use or any files in your documents folder you don't want and empty recycle bin. After doing all that, defrag your disk.
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    Go ahead, but your computer will be slower. Additionally, create a bootdisk (floppy for default, or a Linux recovery CD) so you can run commands to fix your PC.

    Why? Because if you reinstall Windows (if you have anything below Vista), you get a NT Loader error.

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    I would suggest backing up your data and re-installing Windows every so often. I think that's what Leo Laporte recommends. To make Windows Update go easier (depending on what XP CD you have, it might not even have SP1), you can slipstream SP1-3 on to a new CD so when it re-installs, you have SP1, SP2 and SP3 already installed.

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    Default Re: Should I compress my (C:) Drive?

    honestly no. They should have asked you when you installed it

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    Yes, I tried it, but it is most effective if you right click C and click compress this drive to save space. It is also effective in notebooks with tiny HDDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gligar13 View Post
    Yes, I tried it, but it is most effective if you right click C and click compress this drive to save space. It is also effective in notebooks with tiny HDDs.
    Thats what I mean. Or do you all think I mean putting them in ZIPs or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazaking EX View Post
    Thats what I mean. Or do you all think I mean putting them in ZIPs or something?
    There are many ways to do it, actually. I can do it from a floppy, from Linux, from a CD, from a command line, etc.

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    Default Re: Should I compress my (C:) Drive?

    Keep in mind that compressing a drive makes accessing files a slower process. It's best to only compress the files you aren't using on a regular basis (which, as someone mentioned, is an option you get while doing Disk Cleanup, which is your BEST option when it comes to freeing up space. Aside from, ya know, deleting things. Or storing them on a flash drive, in the cloud, or an external hard drive).

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    Default Re: Should I compress my (C:) Drive?

    Be very careful as some have suggested when using compress. I compressed an HP Mini and the bootmgr got compressed - ruining things. It won't boot and I know of no command line fixes.

    As the unit does not have a CD, I had to create an "Ultimate boot CD" - really a USB. (Google that) then boot into that gui interface. Once I did that I could access the HP Mini C: drive, go to properties and check uncompress. Make sure you stop the compress - that will still be going on - from the first round.

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