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Software/Program That Can Compress Our Files.... But WE Can still Use them....

joely2k
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Harlow EE...

Are they any Software/Program that can store our files/data inside that can compress it... but we can still use it.... without unzipping or whatever...

I am short of space now... yet I need all my files in my computer... is there any software/program that can perform such functionality?

Perhaps you all might suggest using Winzip then zip the files... then Right Click-> Explore and use the files directly from it.. but.... there are alot of funtion losses :(

Thanks....
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Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer
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Hi joely2k,

If you're using win2k/XP/2k3S, you will be able to use NTFS compression.
It's completely invisible for everyone, but it does work. All files will still be accessible as they where before.
http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs-compressed.htm

Greetings,

LucF
Be carefull when compressing nt drives, primarily with databases such as exchange jet databases, they do not defrag properly when they reside on a compressed drive.
That also works if you have a FAT drive. You can select compressed map's. Or you can open zip files from explores.
Another programming which works a bit better then winzip is zipgenuis. It has some good functions. You could try to hasle with that

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Dear LucF....
Means that I right click my folders/files then I click properties... in the General Tab... Advance... then Compress them right?
But While the File Size still the same??
Just that the file in disk in shrink

Dear Mustangbrad....
Ok I get your point...

Dear Alpha..
Ok I go download the program and try it out..
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer
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>>But While the File Size still the same??
Yep, it compresses the files on the filesystem. Check the properties of the files and you will see that "Size on disk" is smaller than "Size" but you're still able to access all files on the disk without any problems.

LucF

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I am a bit of confuse... the size on disk and the size file....
Does it really helps in making my hardisk more space available??
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