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When I hd was running short of space, I compressed by C:

Now I have more space available., but continue to keep C: as compressed.

 

I was told that it is not very good to keep C: compressed, as it is has to work harder

when opening file, i.e. originally compressed , uncompress to open, compress again after use.

 

So, is it true that it is bad for the pc?

 

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It's only bad for the hard drive in the sense that it will not last as long, due to twice as much read/write activity. Hard drives will die anyway, and at random times, so it doesn't really matter. All I can tell you is that you might want to be prepared; if your data is important to you, back-up frequently, and pick up a copy of Spinrite from grc.com. It's only $89 and it's a lifesaver. It will test your drive's integrity [i'm aware this causes more wear and tear] and truly repair bad sectors. It can keep you from losing data in the first place. It still doesn't beat regular backups though.

 

What size is your hard drive?

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How'd it get full? What kinds of files do you keep on it? Are there large games you can uninstall? Mp3s you can archive to CD?

 

Re XP's disk compression: If your computer is fast enough and has enough memory, you won't notice much of a performance hit [decompression is done in memory, and is lightning-fast, but takes up to 2x to 4x the amount of memory as a normal file].

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How'd it get full?  What kinds of files do you keep on it?  Are there large games you can uninstall? Mp3s you can archive to CD?
Well here is the breakdown

 

C: Total size 19.1 , free space 12.3 GB

D: Total size 19.1, free space 4.07

 

C is compressed.Besides the normal stuff, I have mp3 that is about 700 MB. I think this is OK. My concern is whether to uncompress C: . I compressed C: long time ago, when free space went as low as 2 GB.

 

D: is low becos I have a lot of movies down there. ;) , but this not compressed, so this not my current concern

Re XP's disk compression: If your computer is fast enough and has enough memory, you won't notice much of a performance hit [decompression is done in memory, and is lightning-fast, but takes up to 2x to 4x the amount of memory as a normal file].

 

 

 

 

System : Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.40Ghz , 768 Mb of RAM. Windows XP Pro Version 2002, SP2

 

So based on above system info, can you please explain what you mean in your second para. Thanks

 

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