Using File-Based Compression

File-based compression allows you to reduce the number of bits and bytes in files so that they use less space on a disk. The Windows operating system supports two types of compression: NTFS compression, which is a built-in feature of NTFS, and compressed (zipped) folders, which is an additional feature of Windows available on both FAT and NTFS volumes.

NTFS Compression

Windows allows you to enable compression when you format a volume using NTFS. When a drive is compressed, all files and folders stored on the drive are automatically compressed when they are created. This compression is transparent to users, who can open and work with compressed files and folders just as they do with regular files and folders. Behind the ...

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