Windows 2000 Basics : Working with Files    Managing your hard disk  

Advantages of having Windows compress your files:

You'll get more disk space. Windows automatically compresses the files when they are stored and decompresses them when they are read.

Disadvantages:

  • Disk access will be somewhat slower. This may not matter if you only compress folders where you are storing infrequently accessed documents.
  • If you have problems with your disk, it may be harder to recover the files which have been compressed.
  • You can't use encryption on compressed files. (Encryption allows you to hide the contents of files so that only you (or a person logged in with your password) can read them.
 
  

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