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Increase storage space with NTFS compression

If you're thinking of expanding a partition because you're running short of space, consider compressing your files and folders instead . You can compress individual files, particular folders, or entire volumes . Items compressed in this manner are decompressed on the fly when opened and recompressed when closed . You won't achieve huge savings in storage space this way—less than you would get by using Compressed (Zipped) Folders—but the convenience of NTFS is high and the cost, in terms of performance, is virtually unnoticeable. To compress a volume, open Computer in Windows Explorer, right-click the volume, choose Properties, and then, on the General tab of the Properties dialog box, select Compress This Drive To Save Disk Space. To compress a particular folder or file, right-click it in Windows Explorer, choose Properties, and then click Advanced on the General tab of the Properties dialog box. In the Advanced Attributes dialog box, select Compress Contents To Save Disk Space. Note that this form of compression is available only on NTFS volumes, and that NTFS compression is incompatible with encryption. You can have one or the other, but not both.

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