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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Perfo... > Disabling Compression and Encryption

Disabling Compression and Encryption

If you use NTFS on a partition, Windows Vista enables you to compress files to save space, as well as to encrypt files for security. (See “Converting FAT16 and FAT32 Partitions to NTFS,” later in this chapter.) From a performance point of view, however, you shouldn’t use compression and encryption on a partition if you don’t have to. Both technologies slow down disk accesses because of the overhead involved in the compression/decompression and encryption/decryption processes.


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