How to compress the hard disk drive of your computer?

It is easy to compress the hard disk drive of your computer if you know the steps. But take the right precaution and do not attempt to do it on your own or without the observation of any expert around.

There is a disk compression utility that can be found between the disk drive and the operating system on your computer. When you try to save a certain file on your computer, this utility intercepts to compress it. On the other hand, when you want to open a certain file, this utility again intercepts the file in question and decompresses it through the OS.

As all the applications access the files on the hard disk through the OS, it is but natural that the utilities function with all applications. One thing must be mentioned that all these processes are clear to the users although the time for opening or closing the files may vary.

That is why there is the importance of disk compression utilities as these can make more space and almost give two times more of it on your hard disk.

Compression can take place in two ways. You can either compress only the files that exist on the hard disk, or the entire hard disk itself. Here we take a look at both methods, but here is a warning once again for you.

Compression can make more space available to you. But it can hamper performance. If anything goes wrong or the compressed disk crashes, there is hardly any way to get your data back.

Compressing the entire hard disk

It is very simple and can be done in three simple steps.

  • Right click on the drive that you want to compress.
  • Click ‘Properties’.
  • Click the checkbox ‘Compress drive to save disk space’ and then on ‘Apply’.

Compressing the old files

  • Right click on the drive where you want to compress the old files.
  • Click ‘Properties’.
  • Click ‘Disk Cleanup’.

Your computer will compress all the files for you on that specific drive.

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