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

Posted on 2004-04-05
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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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Question by:joely2k
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by:Luc Franken
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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
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by:Mustangbrad
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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.
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by:Alpha_Bravo_A_B
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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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by:joely2k
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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..
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by:Luc Franken
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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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Luc Franken earned 25 total points
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Yep, a lot.

Just take a folder you want to compress.
Then rightclick on the folder => properties. Check "size" and the "size on disk"
Normally "size" is a bit smaller than "size on disk"

Now compress that folder.
Again:
Then rightclick on the folder => properties. Check "size" and the "size on disk"
You will see that "size on disk" is much smaller than "size".

This way you can also check how effective the compression is. Text documents can be compressed a lot, things like JPG/MP3 are not compressed (or not very much) as those kind of files are allready highly compressed and can't be compressed any further.

LucF
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