SKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1427 posts, RR: 5 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
A few months ago I ran a tool/option in Windows XP on my desktop that would scan your hard drive, identify files that had not been opened recently (within the last month or so I believe), and compress/archive them. It would leave the file in the exact same directory on the drive only it would change the file name to a pink/purple color to identify it as a compressed/archived file. To open or access the file all you had to do was double click on it.
I want to do the same thing on my laptop now, but I can't seem to find the tool/option anywhere. Any hints?
SKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1427 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
I've been into Disk Cleanup a few times and I can't find an option for it. It either allows me clean up things like temp files, IE temp, Recycle Bin etc. or has options to defrag, remove Windows components I don't use etc., but not option to scan the drive.
Where is the option for the hard drive/properties?
I forgot to mention earlier that this is FAT32. When I bought the laptop it was formatted as this. Not sure why though, I was always under the impression that NTFS was better.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8768 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2211 times:
right click on the drive you want to clean up, click on "properties" and then on "clean up" (or so) right below the pie chart showing occupied vs. free disk space
It will calculate the amount of space that can be freed up by various operations, then it will let you select what you want to have done. Be sure to run defrag afterwards if it's about a lor of megabytes. And on my machine, the file names turn blue.
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777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
Quoting SKYSERVICE_330 (Reply 2): I've been into Disk Cleanup a few times and I can't find an option for it
If you are in disk cleanup, once you select the cleanup option, it will calculate what things are available to clean up. In that list, you can check off the tasks you want to perform. One of those tasks is "compress old files."
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