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Chapter 5. Organizing Files and Folders > Compressing Files and Folders

Compressing Files and Folders

Compressing files and folders reduces the space they occupy on your drives (fixed or removable). Windows offers two compression schemes: Microsoft’s proprietary NTFS compression (the same as in Windows 2000) and industry-standard zipped folders (new in XP). You can use either scheme or both; each has its relative advantages. NTFS compression is simple, transparent, and suitable for everyday use, whereas zipped folders are best for:

  • Emailing large attachments

  • Archiving files that you no longer need regularly

  • Transferring files over the internet or via FTP

  • Gaining the maximum amount of disk space

  • Compressing encrypted files


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