What folders should NOT be compressed?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Chris Fontenot, May 24, 2010.

  1. Chris Fontenot

    Chris Fontenot New Member

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    Ok, I'm looking to compress some folders to save some disk space and I know from experience that some files shouldn't be compressed (as it can screw up the booting, etc.) so does anyone have a comprehensive list of what not to compress in windows 7?
     
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  2. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    Hello, and welcome to the Windows 7 Forums :)
    I wouldn't recommend compressing ANY hidden folder, nor the Windows folder.
    You can compress the Program Files Directory as well as your personal directory (C:\Users\yournamehere)

    There's better way to save disk space then using compression though.
     
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  3. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    Avoid completely if possible

    Depending on how frequently a file needs to be compressed compression can have a major effect on system performance. The cost of disk storage has dropped dramatically in recent years and this, combined with the increase in capacity means there is rarely any good reason for needing compression at all and I would avoid it completely if possible.
     

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