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DKoor
09-21-2007, 08:45 AM
I have ok system specs but my HD is quite low - only 60GB, so I had to compromise a bit with my files.
Anyways I found out that with Disk Cleanup I can free few GBs per one HD partition!
I did that with Old Files Compression under Disk Cleanup option (right click on your HD partition and select Properties), nice stuff.
After compression, I'm still able to access affected files, and I'm able to recognize them because they are now in bluish color;
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o125/DKoor/misc/compressed_files.gif

So I think it will come handy to those with similar problems.

Cajun76
09-21-2007, 10:37 AM
FYI, I've used this too, but my videos didn't respond well. It appeared to corrupt some of them. Pics you don't plan on resizing and documents should be fine.

OTOH, hard disks are really cheap right now.

A recertified Western Digital 250GB on Newegg is only $55.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...014&name=Recertified (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=4016+2000150014&name=Recertified)

When I rebuilt my system about 6 months ago, I picked up 2 x 500GB recertified WDs for $99 each.

DKoor
09-21-2007, 10:42 AM
Yes but you didn't take into account that I'm lazy *******http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
I know that HDs are pretty cheap, but I was simply too lazy to install myself onehttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif
I'll probably buy external one, I can't be bothered to open my pc case.
Again.

Cajun76
09-21-2007, 10:58 AM
Externals are fine if your not in a hurry for the stuff on them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif But for the same price and a small amount of effort, you can more space for same price and aren't dependent on your USB/Firewire bus speed.

To each their own though. My case is easier to access than most (built myself from the ground up), so I can understand if you don't want to crack yours.(again)

TgD Thunderbolt56
09-21-2007, 11:03 AM
I'm pretty lazy too, but geez, 60gb?

Go get another HDD and be done with it DKoor.


TB

DKoor
09-21-2007, 11:17 AM
Yeah that's my ancient HD........I have Athlon 3,2 with 1GiG of RAM, that's quite low too, but I ripped that HDD from my older system and installed it in the current one two/three years ago.
But I'm not buying anything before SoW.
Except for HDD because this old horse can't run anymorehttp://www.acompletewasteofspace.com/modules/Forums/images/smiles/gm_shrug.gif

In the meantime, I'm buying my time by pumping steroids in him (compressing fileshttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif and similar tricks)

Ernst_Rohr
09-21-2007, 02:02 PM
Im lazy the other way around, I dont want to have to mess with closely monitoring my files.

Solution?

A 2TB RAID array! Now I just throw it in there and dont worrry about it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

DKoor
09-21-2007, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by Ernst_Rohr:
Im lazy the other way around, I dont want to have to mess with closely monitoring my files.

Solution?

A 2TB RAID array! Now I just throw it in there and dont worrry about it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Cajun76
09-21-2007, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Ernst_Rohr:
Im lazy the other way around, I dont want to have to mess with closely monitoring my files.

Solution?

A 2TB RAID array! Now I just throw it in there and dont worrry about it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Alas, I only have 1.3 TB, but none RAIDed, so I may actually have more space. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

jarink
09-21-2007, 05:57 PM
You can also compress individual folders. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

In Windows Explorer, right-click the folder, then click Properties. Click the Advanced button, then check the box for "Compress contents to save disk space". OK out of the folder properties. (You'll be asked if you want to apply to subfolders and files; say yes).

Explorer will report the uncompressed file size, but if you check the file properties, you'll note that the "Size on disk" is smaller. Naturally, file/folder compression works better with some files types (text, bitmaps, etc.) than others (mp3s, video, etc.)

If you're stuck with a smaller drive (I have an 80GB "system" drive and a 40GB "data" drive), you could also move some of your lesser-used files to CD or DVD. Burn 2 copies and you'll also have a backup in case of drive or disc failure! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

mortoma
09-22-2007, 11:10 AM
I have been messing with and building PCs since 1992 and I have never trusted Microsoft's compression algorithms. I have zipped up a few things in my time with PKzip and Winzip to name a few but I have never used the built in MS utility for doing so. I would not trust it personally. WinRAR is also an impressive compression archiver.

DKoor
09-22-2007, 05:41 PM
Related content: I've found out some impressive little free util named "hjsplit" google for it.
You are able to split files and join them in a matter of 1-2minutes!
And I'm talking about several hundred MB files here.
Those of you that did this know how long it takes WinRAR to split one large file.
Ages.

With this little util it is done real quick.

@jarink I'll try that one too.

@mortoma I agree, considering few experiences here the best course of action would probably be to zip files that we do not use.
So far, from those I tested WinRAR seem to have strongest compression rate of them all.

mortoma
09-23-2007, 10:39 AM
DKoor, I feel like punching your new avatar. What is that thing? A one-eyed cat?

DKoor
09-23-2007, 12:53 PM
Originally posted by mortoma:
DKoor, I feel like punching your new avatar. What is that thing? A one-eyed cat? It's the ugly dog.
I admit, it's so ugly that in fact, looks like a cat http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif.

But the Ugly_Kid's creature is far ugliest in the whole UBi world.