Disk Space is not Enough? How to Compress this Drive to Save Disk Space?
20 June 2019Jennifer Thatcher Technology Manager of Test Dept.
When disk space is not enough, we can remove useless file from the disk to free up disk space. Besides, we can also compress this drive to save disk space that was occupied by the files, which will not influence the normal use of data access. But how can we compress the disk? Different compression methods will be provided in this passage.
NTFS file system that Windows uses has a built-in compression function which just needs to go through simple steps to compress disk, folders and files. Before you follow the steps below, please have a check of your file system and make sure it is NTFS. If not, please move to other methods.
Step 1: Right-click the disk you want to compress and select “Properties” from the menu.
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Step 6: The process of compressing all files in the hard drive will be time-consuming. Please wait until the process finishes.
Step 7: If you think the compression process is time consuming, you can compress files or folders which take lots of disk space rather than compressing whole disk.
Step 8: Find out the files or folders you want to compress and then right click them and select “Properties” from the menu. And then go to “Advanced”.
Step 9: Please check the selection “Compress contents to save disk space” and then “OK”.
Step 10: Click “Apply” after return to “Properties” window and please select “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files”. Finally, click “OK”.
Step 11: If you do not want to compress the data, please go through the steps above again but do not check the items “Compress this drive to save disk space” or “Compress contents to save disk space”.
Suitable for: Compress file which are rarely used or uncompressed. Besides, the CPU of the computer should have a good performance. Not suitable for: Compressing Windows system files or other files of software. Besides, it the CPU of the computer is poor, disk / file compression is not recommend. NTFS compression may lower the computer performance and lead to other errors. What’s more, the compression result sometimes is not effective for some files in compressed format like videos and music.
Part 2: Compress Disk with Disk Management
① Right-click “This PC” and then click “Manage”.
② Go to “Disk Management” in the pop-up Computer Management window.
③ Please right click the disk you want to compress and then select “Shrink Volume” in the menu.
④ Enter the disk space you want to compress according to your needs. After that, please click “Shrink”.
Part 3: Compress Disk via Tool Compact (Process with Command Prompt)
① Type in “cmd” in the search box of Windows. Select “Command Prompt” in the result. Right-click it and select “Run as administrator”.
② Type in command “compact /compactos:always” and press Enter to process.
③ After command processed, Windows will compress the files and folders in the system disk automatically.
④ The number of folders and files will be listed after compression finishes.
If you do not want to compress the disk anymore, just open command prompt window and type in the command “compact /compactos:never” and press “Enter” to process.
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