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Compress C Drive To Save Space?

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Bobby Bucks

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I have 115 GB of used space and 117 GB of free space. Should I compress the drive to save disk space?
 

residentialguy

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No. Bad idea.... you have troubles down the road. To get more space use things such as CCleaner and Windows Disk Cleanup, particularly tell Windows to delete shadow copies of files, that usually takes up a lot of space, just make sure you don't need to recover any files before you do this, you can also check out for files that might be taking a lot of space in your main drive and moving them to an external drive, partition or even the cloud, there are tools out there to find out which are the largest files in your drives.
 

Tom Woolford

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Defragging the drive might not be a bad idea. If its a SSD drive do not compress or defrag. Major problems would probably result.
 

Riick

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For pity's sake, a 1 TB (that's 1,000 GB) desktop hard drive
sells for $60 ($70 if for a laptop) at your local BestBuy. Cheaper elsewhere.

Storage is so inexpensive, why play around, go get a larger drive.
On other hand, how long did it take you to fill 115 GB of space - several years is my bet.
Clean up the drive and forget about it until Windows starts complaining of no space
--That usually happens when you're about 75% full--

However... remember the warning I got back in the 1990's
---> There are two kinds of hard drives, those that have failed, and those getting ready to fail. <---
 

Elliott

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Spring for a 32 gig usb stick, it shouldnt set you back more than a sawbuck or two. At the rate you do work that should last you at least 5 years.
 

Bobby Bucks

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It started running slower the last couple of weeks. I probably do things different than most. I have everything backed up, without fail. I always have a spare machine, if I have a glitch or crash, it's like changing a tire, I'm back running in a few minutes. Some people I know still only have one machine. I had the crash from hell about a year ago and it was just a bump in the road. Half the of the machines I've owned have been refurbished ones. When my machine begins to slow, I start shopping, I'll probably get a new one after Christmas. I've never had a need to have the fastest because I don't do gaming. I get enough to work productively. I compressed my hard drive one time a few years ago and didn't see any difference at all, google searches on the subject gave the answer "it depends." I was in a peer's office recently and I thought I was in the matrix, he had a current, super machine, but all the bells and whistles were for his games, I think he had programs for appraising somewhere in the clutter. :)
 

Elliott

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Have you run Disk Cleanup ? Disk Defrag?
 

Bobby Bucks

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Have you run Disk Cleanup ? Disk Defrag?
Yes, I do those periodically, also use Glary utilities. The machine works okay, it is just in the early stages of slowing down.
 
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