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Does Data Compression corrupt data???

In the process of building a server (Win2K) I enabled compression on my data partition.  One of my Sys Admin's adviced that by doing so there is high possiblility of date corruption.  Is this true??  Can someone provide some "rules-of-the-road" tips or point me in the right direction.

Thanx-in-Advance!
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
Wrong topic area I suppose?
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CEHJCommented:
This is not a Java Q. But compressing HD storage is more likely to cause corruption than *not* doing it ;-)
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Tech-4-LifeAuthor Commented:
Sorry guys for typing this in the wrong area.  It was a honest mistake, is there a way to move this question to the right area?
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
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sciuriwareCommented:
Still I can give an answer:

Compression on a disk was a hype in 1991, because most computers were quick enough and disks were expensive.
However disks are ALWAYS concurrently accessed, that is many programs access the same disk simultaneously.
The locking mechanism to prevent corruption was such an obstackle that the entire idea
 was dropped, although 'doublespace' still exists.

This is contrary the idea of compressing files, tapes and streams (every modem does it),
because:
a) there is no concurrency,
b) the linear approach enables learning-on-the-fly (f.i. Lempel/Ziv/Welch alchorithm ZIP)

So, disk compression: don't do it Yogy (courtesy Hanna&Barbera).
;JOOP!
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Tech-4-LifeAuthor Commented:
Please move this question to the storage section.  Thank you.
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sciuriwareCommented:
Why don't you accept my answer?
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sciuriwareCommented:
Agreed!
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Tech-4-LifeAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in response guys/girls.  I have been on assignment.  Thanks for all of your help, it is greatly appreciated.
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sciuriwareCommented:
:)
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