What do you know about compression feature of Windows? This feature helps you to compress file and force them to occupy a smaller space in the hard drive but leave, but it will keep the compressed file stay in their native format. This technology is widely use in Windows OS, and we found that using NTFS compression not only save your computer drive space but also increase your hard drive performance. Here I’ll show you how to compress file and directory to let you gain better system performance, especially file open speed. (FYI: this method is not feasible with SSD drive computer)
To experience the maximum performance increase, you’ll need to compress the following directories:
• Users (Documents and Settings in Windows XP)
• Program Files
• Program Data (Windows Vista and Windows 7)
• All your .exe and .dll files
NTFS file compression is done through the Command Prompt with a simple command: compact /c /s /i. Before you open the Command Prompt, make sure that you are logged in as administrator.
OK, let’s get started!
1. Click on Start, type cmd in the Search box (Run box in Windows XP) and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
Depending on the amount of files and their size, compression can take something like 10 to 20 minutes.
4.When that’s done, do the same for Program Files by typing CD \Program Files, pressing Enter (CD \Program Files (x86) for 64-bit systems), typing compact /c /s /i and hitting Enter for the second time. Again, this could take a while.
5.And now we’ll do the same for the Windows directory. To do that, type CD \Windows, then press Enter to change the direc- tory and then type the compression command compact /c /s /i and press Enter. Wait for the compression to complete.
6.Then we are going to compress all .exe and .dll files. To do that, type CD\ and press Enter to change the directory to C:\>. Then type the compact /c /s /i *.exe command, press Enter, and when it’s done, issue the compact /c /s /i *.dll command and press Enter. Wait for it to complete.
After you finished the above steps, you need to reboot your computer and enter the safe mode to repeat step 1 to 6, and then you will be able to enjoy a faster computer of yours, cheers! Next post I will start explain other major factors that affect the computer speed such as registry problem and drive fragments. Stay tuned.