Compressing A Hard Drive

bsummers12

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As you know from an earlier thread I was looking into replacing a 5 year old computer. Which I did with a HP Pavillion and we are very happy with it so far.

My question is...I want to use the older desk top for my side business and it's only a 40 GB hard drive and I have cleaned it as much as possible.

What benefit will I get if I compress the hard drive?

Will it make the hard drive work harder trying to locate files?

Any and all input will be great.

Thanks,

Brian
 

HecticArt

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I've been told by our IT guy that compressing isn't the way to go. I don't remember everything, but it slows you down a lot and can cause other issues as well.

I'd get a second, larger hard drive and either move all your files to it or reinstall your OS to it and use it as your primary drive. Drives are sooooo cheap these days.
 

JoeTan

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NO COMPRESSING ANYTHING. That was for back in the day when 1GB HD was unheard of. The best thing to do is install another HD with a ton of storage and just save everything to that. 40GB is more than enough for day to day routine
 

v1ru5

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External HDD. Wait until Cyber Monday then shop around ONLINE and see what you might find on the cheap. Might I suggest checking out tigerdirect..com and geeks.com on cyber Monday.