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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Essential Steps To Free Up Space in Windows Without Deleting Any File

The Microsoft Windows is widely used as an operating system in most computers. The latest version of this operating system is Windows 10 and it has a feature that promises to help those who suffer with little storage on the computer. It is called "Compact".

Compact is a computer tool that works perfectly by reading the computer memory and having the understanding of specific folders or even the entire system without any file changes or loss of performance. Thus, more space is left in the hard drive for the installation of programs or use with personal data.

The use of the "Compact" is very simple and involves few steps to be done at the command prompt. 

How To Free Up Space In Windows Without Deleting Any File:

Check below for the steps to be taken to gain space in Windows without removing or installing anything.

1. At the start menu, type "CMD". Right-click it and go to "Run as administrator";

2. Before we enable the compression feature, we'll check if it is no longer active. To do this, type: "compact / compact: query" and press "Enter";

3. Note that Windows itself will tell you the status of the feature and whether it will be useful on your system or not;

4. To proceed with the compression, type the command: "compact / compact: always" and press "Enter".

After this last step Windows will begin to compress your entire hard drive. As with other conventional file compactors, here the time until compression completes varies with the amount of files you have on your computer. At the end of the process, you should have released around 2GB of space.

To disable the Compact OS compression system, simply repeat the previous steps using the following command instead of the fourth step: compact / compact: never.

Using the Compact for a Specific Folder:

If you still want to free up a space, but do not feel confident to do the whole system compression, you can use the Compact for a specific folder as mentioned above. To do this, simply browse the folders in the Prompt using the "CD" command. When you reach the desired folder, enter the command: compact / s.

For even greater file compression efficiency, you can add other parameters to the program.

Using NTFS Compression:

The compression using the NTFS method is not exactly new, but it does not come active by default in Windows, and although it is not as efficient as Compact, it can still free some space in the system. Here's how to turn it on:

1. On the Windows Explorer screen, right-click the desired disk and go to Properties;

2. In the window, check the option "Compact this disk to save space;

3. After clicking "Apply", leave the second option checked and click "Ok".

This same compression format can also be applied to individual folders. The way to go is pretty much the same:

1. Right click on the desired folder and go to "Properties";

2. Click "Advanced";

3. Check the "Compress content to save disk space" option. Click "Ok" and "Apply";

4. As previously done, leave the second option checked and click "Ok."

All folders and files that are compressed by this method can be easily identified by a small blue icon that stays in them. To remove NTFS compacts, simply follow the same paths as above, except that instead of selecting the option, leave it unchecked.
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