Batch compressing Word, Pdf & Jpeg files

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I am trying to spring clean a users data.
they have massive word, pdf & jpg files especially.
Approx 100gb data. I would love to compress it down to say 20 GB. Is there an easy way to do this?
Ideally I'd like to do it from a Windows 2003 SBS server.
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Commented:
Did you tryed zipping it?
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You can use the COMPACT command
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/compact.mspx?mfr=true

You are not going to see much (if any) change in the size of JP(E)Gs as they are already compressed.

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zipping wont work as the users need to be able to see the original files.
the compact command looks a bit complicated!
can anyone recommend software which can compress these types of files.
I dont mind paying if they work well!
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If you don't want to use the compact command, then just select the files and then right click, select Properties->Advanced->Compress files to save disk space.
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You can use a 3rd party utility to batch compress photos.  I personally use and like FastStone's products.  

Try it for free from http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm and then you need to contact them to see what the commercial license costs (I doubt it's very much)\

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Also, as far as Word docs, they are probably large if there are images that were copied and pasted --- those images would need to be individually compressed which may be a very time-consuming venture.  You could move the Word docs to SharePoint which will store them much more efficiently in SQL.

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Many thanks for all the replies
KCTS - i tried that with a few test files & folders but it just didnt work?
Jeff - thanks for that link - tested & seems like a good program
sharepoint seems a bit complicated! we want to keep it as simple as possible.
Compressing existing word, pdf, powerpoint files is going to be trickier than i thought!
any other programs you recommend before i close this off?
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There is a program called FILEminimizer which supposedly will reduce MS Office and PDF file size, but I've never used it.  They probably have a trial version though, so you may want to give that a try.

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Here's the link for that:
http://www.balesio.com/fileminimizersuite/eng/index.php

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