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3. Windows Explorer and Searching > 3.3. Compressing Files and Folders

Compressing Files and Folders

No matter how large your hard disk is, it’s never big enough. Sooner or later, you’re going to run out of space, which means constantly pruning files or installing an extra hard disk—both of which can seriously carve into your Solitaire time.

Good news: you can create extra hard disk space without spending a penny or deleting files. Simply compress your files so they’re much smaller than their normal size. This section offers hints on saving space with compression.

Getting Extra Disk Space by Using NTFS Compression

A simple way to get more disk space is to use Windows XP’s built-in NTFS compression—a scheme that only works with hard disks that use the NT File System (NTFS). (The steps later in this hint explain how you can find out if yours does.)


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