Files compressed by XP automatically?

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  1. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    Recently I’ve noticed that files that have not been accessed for some time are being compressed by XP. This seems to be all file types right across both of my hard drives.

    This is not something I have implemented or even configured and I know for sure that it was not happening until after service pack one.

    Any one else noticed this?
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Open up my computer, then right click on one of the drives, then click properties, is the "Compress drive to save space" option checked?
     
  3. dave holbon

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  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Yeah, Windows automatically compresses files that haven't been used for long periods of time (esp. log files and such). It shouldn't be a cause of concern, but if you want to decompress them all, and prevent Windows from compressing them in the future, fire up Command Prompt, switch to C:\ and enter this:

    compact /U /S /A /I /F /Q *.*

    It works :D
     
  5. yoyo

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    As far as I know XP only compresses files if it is told to do so, when running the disk cleanup tool.
    Never checked this box "compress old files" there and never noticed any automatically compressed files.
     
  6. NetRyder

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    Strange :confused:
    It automatically compressed old log files in the C:\WINDOWS folder on my desktop.
     
  7. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Is it just me or do those parameters read "USA I f*ck you all"? :confused:
     
  8. Glaanieboy

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    Whahaa, lol. Maybe an easter egg from the programmers.
    I shall report it to eeggs.com, if it's ok with everyone.
     
  9. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    The switches are acctually given in that order if you type "help compact" in the console.

    But go ahead. :)
     
  10. Glaanieboy

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    lol, I just submitted this egg to eeggs.com
     
  11. NetRyder

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    LOL :D
    Good one Zedric
     
  12. dave holbon

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    Yes I know this command un-compresses files that are already compressed, what I’m after is stopping the compression in the first place (did not know what the command line parameters spelt out though, this is interesting, well spotted).

    I don’t won’t any files compressed on my machine without me knowing about it. There are many reasons for this mostly security ones as I hide files in other files.
     
  13. Un4gIvEn1

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    I guess my question is, what is the basis of your thinking that your files are compressed? Wanna collaborate a little more?
     
  14. NetRyder

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    I think the filenames might be marked in blue ... that's one way of knowing they're compressed.
     
  15. dave holbon

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    Yes the files are marked in blue and the properties say the file has been compressed. This as far as I have been able to ascertain happens after about eight months of non-access.

    :( :)