skyservice_330
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Windows XP Archiving/Compression... Help Needed

Sat Jul 08, 2006 3:34 am

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?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 
777DadandJr
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RE: Windows XP Archiving/Compression... Help Needed

Sat Jul 08, 2006 3:44 am

Isn't that done through the "disk cleanup" utility in the System Tools folder?

Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup

Also, if you go into the properties of the hard drive, there is a box you can check that will compress files.

Russ
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skyservice_330
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RE: Windows XP Archiving/Compression... Help Neede

Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:17 am

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.

Thanks!!
 
aloges
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RE: Windows XP Archiving/Compression... Help Needed

Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:24 am

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.  Smile
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777DadandJr
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RE: Windows XP Archiving/Compression... Help Needed

Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:56 am

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."

Russ
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