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Chapter 9. Working with Disks and Drives > Understanding Disk Compression

Understanding Disk Compression

Windows 98 includes DriveSpace 3, a disk compression product that can increase the capacity of your disk drives by 50% to 100%. As with many Windows 98 optional features, however, you should carefully consider whether using DriveSpace on your system is a good idea.

Unlike static compression programs such as PKZIP, DriveSpace compresses files automatically as they are saved to your drive and then decompresses them on-the-fly when you request access to them. Naturally, this step introduces an additional level of processing overhead that can diminish the overall performance of your system.


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