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.
2. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, type CD \Users and press Enter to change the directory. If you are on Windows XP, type CD \Documents and Settings and press Enter. Continue reading →