Compress a Folder or File

Brink

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mvp
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How to Compress and Decompress a Folder or File with NTFS Compression in Vista and Windows 7
Synopsis
This will show you how to compress or decompress a folder or file with NTFS Compression to reduce their size in Vista and Windows 7.
How to Compress and Decompress a Folder or File with NTFS Compression in Vista and Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to compress or decompress a folder or file with NTFS Compression to reduce their size. NTFS Compression allows you to save some hard drive space by compressing files and folders to reduce their size.

You will not be able to encrypt an NTFS compressed file until decrypted first.

Note   Note
You may notice a decrease in performance when working with NTFS-compressed files. When you open a compressed file, Vista automatically decompresses it for you, and when you close the file, Vista compresses it again. This process may decrease your computers performance since it takes a little longer to open and close a compressed folder or file.

warning   Warning
This is not the same as the built-in Zipped Compression used for creating ZIP files in Vista and Windows 7.


EXAMPLE: Folder not Compressed (Decompressed) and Folder Compressed
NOTE:
Notice that the text is now blue to show it is compressed.
Uncompressed.jpgCompressed.jpg

Here's How:
1. Right click on the folder or file that you want to compress or decompress, then click on Properties.​
2. Under the General tab, click on the Advanced button. (See screenshot below)​
Properties.jpg

3. To Compress a File or Folder
NOTE: You will only be able to choose to either Encrypt or Compress contents, not both at the same time.
A) Check Compress contents to save disk space and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 4)​
B) Go to step 5.​

4. To Decompress a File or Folder
A) Uncheck Compress contents to save disk space and click on OK.​
Advanced_Attributes.jpg


5. Click on OK in Properties. (See screenshot below step 2)​
6. If the folder contains files or subfolders, you will see this. (See screenshot below step 7)​
NOTE: You will not see this for just a file or empty folder.
7. Select the option you want compressed or decompressed and click on OK.​
Confirm_Changes.jpg

That's it,
Shawn





 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello James, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I'm not sure what you are wanting. The files may have been compressed separately, or when the folder was uncompressed, the contents (subfolders & files) were not selected to be uncompressed as well.
 

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
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