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[SOLVED] Dell Dimension 4600 Desktop HDD disk compression

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Hi all once again,
Thank you all for the helping me in the past, and today. I have an old Dell Dimension 4600i Desktop, Windows XP SP3, Pentium 4 (2.66 GHz), 2.5 GB RAM, HDD C (80 GB with 29 GB free space), HDD F (80 GB free space).
My question involves the general usage of the Windows HDD "compression" option. When you right click on either of the hard disk drives, and click on properties, there is an available check box for "compress drive to save space".
Some questions if I may, please:

1). How much space can I restore/regain by compressing my C drive? I only have 29 GB left of the original 80 GB. Is it significant, like 40% or so?

2). On this C drive, I employ a program called "Free Hide Folder" which hides some of my private material, until I open that program, enter in the correct password, and the files re-appear in Windows Explorer. Otherwise these files are hidden.
Question: If I in fact go ahead and compress this drive, is there a chance I could lose these hidden files. In other words, do I need to open them first using my password, before compressing the drive? Or is that unnecessary.

3). I recently installed a second HDD, F, and it has nothing on it yet. Should I check this box to save space now, before I even store anything on it, or should I wait til after I have some data on there, and then allow compression.

4). Are there any inherent dangers of compressing a hard drive? Does compression make it any more vulnerable to data loss, failures, or crashing?

I would appreciate any and all advice.
Thanks all.
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Re: Dell Dimension 4600 Desktop HDD disk compression

Compressing a HDD does not save that much space and it may cause problems.
1. You cannot compress Encrypted Files, so you would have to Un-Hide all of your files. And once compressed, they could not be Hidden/Encrypted again.
2. Compression cannot compress already compressed files, like JPEG, MP3 and Movie codec files. So if you wanted to compress a HDD that is filled with music, pictures, and movies you wouldn't save that much space.
3. The computer would slow down, When accessing a compressed file, Windows has to uncompress it, which takes a little longer.
4. If there was disaster and you were trying to Recover your files from a damaged HDD it would be much harder on a compressed drive then non
In a word, it's not worth it to me: Should I use Windows File Compression?
HDD's are relatively cheap these days. Since you have a secondary drive, Move all of your personal files (Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos etc) but not programs, to the secondary drive. This will free up space on the C: drive. You also could clone your Current C: drive to a much larger one. However, remember, that you should always keep files you can't live without on more the One HDD.
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