What do you think about the compress old files in XP??

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Is it worth compressing your old files?

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No
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What do you think about the compress old files in XP??

Postby jmstacey » Wed Sep 11, 2002 9:11 pm

WindowsXP has a feature to compress your old files after a certain time has gone by that they have not been accesed. Is there a risk to compressing files anymore? Is it worth compressing your files just to free up more space? How much will it slow down your system, say you haven't played a game in a long time so it is commpressed. How long is it going to take to uncompress in order to be used?

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Postby useless comment » Wed Sep 11, 2002 10:38 pm

This sounds like it could be useful in certain situations, such as if a person uses their machine in a business setting and they have alot of old invoices that pile up. If you just use your comp for gaming and net surfing then don't bother with it - rar or zip your stuff on your own time when you think it is necessary.
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Postby Phillipste » Thu Sep 12, 2002 6:20 am

I used it on my laptop under Windows 2000. It worked great and freed up close to 100 MB. Opening a compressed file did not take a significiant amount of time.

I had lots of spreadsheet and word documents. Many were not used that often but the day I deleted it or removed it was the day I would need it. Since I pride myself on always being prepared I though it was worth it.

The only problem was the first time I did it, it took close to an hour. After that the time were resonable.

On my desk top I occasionally look at the number that DiskCleanup reports. It never shows significiant savings and I have never done it on a desktop. Also for desktops I keep all those files on CD-ROMs.
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Postby jmstacey » Thu Sep 12, 2002 4:50 pm

The estimate for mine was 1.7 GB. Just wondering the best corse of action.

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