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ianhnz
03-09-2009, 02:23 PM
Hi guys and hoping someone can help? I have a 128 MB usb zip drive. Yes I know it is small but when one is an invalid, on Invalids Benefit, one does not have extra money to buy them. Anyhow my question is it possible to have compression on the drive, so it will hold more? :thanks, Ian

SolMiester
03-09-2009, 02:34 PM
You could put compressed (zipped) files on there, but no, there is no hardware compression...

ianhnz
03-09-2009, 02:37 PM
Yes I woundered about that. On the hard drives I can select compression, but not the usb drive, :thanks olMiester

Blam
03-09-2009, 08:33 PM
1gb Flash drives are <$10....:D

ianhnz
03-09-2009, 08:35 PM
That's true, but...

ianhnz
03-09-2009, 08:37 PM
I remember, years ago and maybe Widows 95, there was a replacement "Format" program that when used on floopy drives would give more capacity.

pcuser42
03-09-2009, 09:31 PM
Tech stuff :nerd:

The reason the hard drives can be compressed is because they are formatted as NTFS, which supports compression. The flash drive is formatted as FAT32, which doesn't.

If you want to convert it, back everything up, click Start > Run, and type cmd.exe. Then enter "convert x: /fs:ntfs" (without quotes), where x: is the drive letter of your flash drive.

Now you can enable compression. :D

Speedy Gonzales
03-09-2009, 09:54 PM
If you want to convert it, back everything up, click Start > Run, and type cmd.exe. Then enter "convert x: /fs:ntfs" (without quotes), where x: is the drive letter of your flash drive.

Now you can enable compression. :D

Only thing is, if youre planning on booting from it, it wont boot (well it didnt last time I tried)

Agent_24
03-09-2009, 11:06 PM
Tech stuff :nerd:

The reason the hard drives can be compressed is because they are formatted as NTFS, which supports compression. The flash drive is formatted as FAT32, which doesn't.

If you want to convert it, back everything up, click Start > Run, and type cmd.exe. Then enter "convert x: /fs:ntfs" (without quotes), where x: is the drive letter of your flash drive.

Now you can enable compression. :D

NTFS my not be a good filesystem for use on a flash drive as it is a journaling filesystem and due to the increased number of writes it may wear the drive out quicker.

Also, NTFS may not be compatible with all computers you put the drive into

ianhnz
04-09-2009, 07:58 AM
Thank you. Your comment, "due to the increased number of writes it may wear the drive out quicker". Are flash drives limited to writes? I use it as a "small" back up disk and write to it, once a week. Also shame you can't compress floopy disks, anymore, as they are still handy to have around. Ian

pcuser42
04-09-2009, 04:59 PM
Floopy disk? Are they some kind of flexible disk?

Speedy Gonzales
04-09-2009, 05:10 PM
Its a x between a floppy and a loopy

ianhnz
04-09-2009, 05:19 PM
Hi ya, speedy. You must be too young, to know....:groan:

feersumendjinn
06-09-2009, 01:35 AM
Your comment, "due to the increased number of writes it may wear the drive out quicker". Are flash drives limited to writes? I use it as a "small" back up disk and write to it, once a week. Ian
http://www.bress.net/blog/archives/114-How-Long-Does-a-Flash-Drive-Last.html
Should be quite a while before it dies, with your use :D.

ianhnz
06-09-2009, 07:44 AM
Thanks for the comment. So thats, approx, 90.5 million so at about one a week thats 1740384.61 weeks. Great, :thanks Ian

Speedy Gonzales
06-09-2009, 08:44 AM
Hi ya, speedy. You must be too young, to know....:groan:

I wish but I'm not that young. Define young

ianhnz
06-09-2009, 09:08 AM
I used to work with a guy we called, Speedy and Speedy Gonzales in Paeroa. We are both in our 50's now. So if you in this age group you'd know floopies, 5 1/2 & 3 something. Ian

gary67
06-09-2009, 09:41 AM
My school got their first computer just weeks before I left in 83 I think and it had a 5 1/2 floppy

ianhnz
06-09-2009, 10:27 AM
Sounds about right. I bout my first computer in 1992. It was a 386, SX25 with 8 MB's ram and I very small hard drive. While I had it I put 16 MB ram. dos 6.2 and Windows 3.11, worked quite well. :clap:clap:clap Things have well and truly changed over the years. :badpc: If you wana see my latest computer have a look at my Trade Me profile at ianalice1. I still use the 3 1/4 disks, but not much.

davidmmac
06-09-2009, 12:17 PM
I find Floppies still very useful - particularly when it comes to formatting a computer, creating partitions etc :).

ianhnz
06-09-2009, 12:22 PM
Thats true :cool::cool: