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#1 Matthew_Thepc

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 23:58

I just got a new tablet (Samsung Series 7 with Windows 8 :D) and have started to load some stuff on it (music, docs, etc.) Since it's just a 128 GB hard drive (I'm used to my laptop's 300 GB), I was thinking about compressing my C:\ drive to save space. Have any of you done this before? Do you know of any possible problem (of note might be that my C:\ drive is also bitlocker encrypted)? Would I be better off just purchasing a nice, large external drive?


#2 seta-san

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:07

compressing typically makes for troubles later. I'd recommending finding a larger driver.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:11

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In short, I wouldn't recommend it. As the guy above said, down the road you probably won't be thanking yourself.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:12

Just don't, compressing is THE worst thing you could do to a HDD

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:20

I just got a new tablet (Samsung Series 7 with Windows 8 :D) and have started to load some stuff on it (music, docs, etc.) Since it's just a 128 GB hard drive (I'm used to my laptop's 300 GB), I was thinking about compressing my C:\ drive to save space. Have any of you done this before? Do you know of any possible problem (of note might be that my C:\ drive is also bitlocker encrypted)? Would I be better off just purchasing a nice, large external drive?


as noted, compressing is just a bad idea overall.

besides that, why have you encrypted it ? do you have sensitive secret documents from work on it or something ? as that's the only reason it would be necessary to encrypt a drive, and it'll just lead to potential troubles down the road.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:24

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:53

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:56

The performance hit alone is enough reason to not bother.

Buy a network drive and store all your files there.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:58

Don't! if you are tight in 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.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 00:59

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But seriously... Don't!

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:11

:Snip:
But seriously... Don't!


Probably not the wisest photo to use.

#13 OP Matthew_Thepc

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:18

Thanks everyone, guess I'll just go and get an external drive then :D

as noted, compressing is just a bad idea overall.

besides that, why have you encrypted it ? do you have sensitive secret documents from work on it or something ? as that's the only reason it would be necessary to encrypt a drive, and it'll just lead to potential troubles down the road.

I've always been a bit paranoid, and, after having encrypted my computers for a few years now without any problems, I really just do it to (a) make me feel secure and (b) just in case I loose it somewhere people don't go snooping around my email and stuff :shiftyninja:

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:28

Probably not the wisest photo to use.

It's a popular internet meme!? It's not really offensive is it?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:50

I'd never compress a Windows drive. I remember so many programs and FAQs that would highlight them as unsupported special use cases that might break compatibility or decrease performance at least.
It just screams troubles and compressing the system drive is pretty much just disserving yourself.

So no, just don't do it.

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