How To Use NTFS File Compression

These days the windows run on NTFS drive as it offers faster data read and write speeds in addition to ability to copy files of larger size which was the limitation of the FAT file system which was utilized by older versions of windows.

NTFS file system also offers another benefit the ability to compress files allowing to save disk space. The tradeoff for using this feature is that it increases disk read and write activity along with CPU time. But this method is useful in storing certain types of files.

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We have prepared a guide that will allow you to use NTFS file compression to save your files and save disk space.

When To Use NTFS Compression

  • On files that you rarely use but are important to you so you can compress them to save disk space.
  • Files such as office documents, texts and PDF files see a great reduction in size.
  • If you are using solid state drive as these drives come with limited space as compared to traditional hard drives.
  • If you are using a PC with fast CPU and slow hard disks.


Where NTFS Compression Cannot Be Used

  • On windows files and other important program files
  • On servers where CPU is extensively used
  • On compressed files
  • On computers with slow processors


How To Use NTFS Compression

  1. Right click on the folder or file you want to compress and click on properties.
  2. Click on advanced and check the box with compress content to save disk space and click ok twice.
  3. If the folder also contains sub folder windows will ask whether you want to compress the sub folders also.
  4. Compressed files and folders can be identified by their blue names in windows explorer.
  5. You can open the files normally as you would open any other files. The compression and uncompression is carried out in background.


There you have an easy guide which will allow you to use save some disk space without using any third party compressions software.

Do let us know if there is any other way with which you can save disk space.

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