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How can i reduce the size of data on my external hard drive with all data accessable and searchable.

Hi,

How can i reduce the size of data on my external hard drive with all data accessable and searchable.

Its 500gb HDD and its full. Need to create space and compessing method to get more room in the HDD without any data loss?

REgards
Sharath
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callmecheezCommented:
If you right-click on the disk in my computer; click properties and 'disk cleanup' - you will get the option to 'compress old files' through windows.

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nobusCommented:
you can also use winzip : http://www.winzip.com/
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
As i said...
I should be able to search and copy paste cut,delete when ever required...
Compress old files will that give me a way to search for files as when the files are normail

nobus by zipping will i be able to copy search? as easy as when not zipped?
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callmecheezCommented:
"Compress old files will that give me a way to search for files as when the files are normail"

- Yes, you won't notice any difference.
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
What would be the risk for data. Is there any risk or loss etc.
Example for 100 Gb of data how much will it compress...
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callmecheezCommented:
No risk at all, if anything you might experience a drop in a performance accessing that drive.

The amount it can compress depends entirely on the nature of the files.  If they're all compressed formats (Mp3's / divx's) you won't be able to compress much at all.

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nobusCommented:
i would not consider compressing the data; with the low prices of the disk storage, just add another disk, or use a bigger sized one !
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