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stu120404
07-10-2004, 11:22 PM
In Win XP pro

Under Disk Cleanup There is a thing called "compress old files" & it says for description

“Windows can compress files that you haven’t accessed in a while. Compressing files will save disk space while still enabling you to access them, No files will be deleted. Because files compress at different rates, the displayed amount of disk space you gain is approximate"

Is it safe to get windows to empty that??? via Disk Cleanup?????

stu120404
07-10-2004, 11:23 PM
also when Disk Cleanup does its job for "compress old files" what does it remove???

metla
08-10-2004, 12:02 AM
my head hurts...

Do you understand the definition of compression?

www.dictionary.com.

Nothing is removed,its compressed to save space,just like windows explained.

Fire-and-Ice
08-10-2004, 08:57 AM
> Is it safe to get windows to empty that??? via Disk Cleanup?????

Looks like you are getting a bit muddled here. ;-)

Having Windows compress old files for you is like you "zipping" them all up to save space using Winzip, etc only in this case Windows uses its own compression utility whatever that is. It isnt offering to delete them for you.

Murray P
08-10-2004, 08:58 AM
> Nothing is removed,its compressed to save space,just
> like windows explained.


Wellll, if you want to be pedantic, in effect something is removed during the compression process, the so called unecessary bits like overhead, white space, etc.

But yes, nothing is removed, the files will take a bit longer to access when you do want to access then that's all.

Cheers Murray P

metla
08-10-2004, 10:25 AM
Thats taking pedantic to a whole new level......

Murray P
08-10-2004, 01:26 PM
> Thats taking pedantic to a whole new level......


Your right, been beating around the bush with lawyers and City Council officers a bit lately, trying to nail them down in one spot for a few moments tends to have that effect on one ;)

Cheers Murray P