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Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Guides / Tips, Windows |

Reduce the size of the files and other tricks to optimize disk space

Reduce the size of the files and other tricks to optimize disk space

Not long ago two special dedicated to the optimization of an essential element in our computers: The hard disk. Especially if you use Windows, it is advisable to follow a series of steps to keep the system as cool as when we bought the team , and others to optimize disk space and contribute to the former.

Although it was quite extensive articles, there were some ideas that we were in the pipeline and now, thanks to the discovery of a new application, we decided to tell.


The first, and most obvious, is the file system used. In any modern Windows system, XP, Windows 2000 onwards also, if you will-tell, the default system has changed from FAT32 to NTFS. Windows 8 introduces a new system, Refs NTFS based course, but we can say that this is the same case.

Surely ye not reformat your hard drive the system to reduce the size of the clusters, which we will now see, but it is particularly recommended you do it if you have time, especially if it is secondary units or removable drives, which often come with default FAT32 format.

For this we use external tools, but Windows Explorer itself allows us to do. Simply select the type of file system (NTFS) and the size of the clusters, or allocation unit size, which, the smaller, more actual capacity will allow us to store. How is this possible? Well, say that clusters are boxes in which the system stores bits of our files, and once containing a piece and can not be mixed with others. More boxes will allow us therefore more storage.

Compression disk

One advantage of the format is that it allows NTFS disk compression, and also again be re-integrated versions of Windows from XP up to 2000.

Keep in mind that, indeed, we are optimizing the disk space in the sense that it will free space that can be used by other applications and content, but it’s something we just have to do with that often not agree to, and that decompression for access to them can be a lengthy process, and certainly affects the system performance in terms of work refers processor.

For completeness, I would leave you a link to the official Microsoft site, where you can see best practices for NTFS compression systems .

File Compression

It’s the same but not the same. The filing or file compression programs have been popular for decades, when perhaps had greater role and that could be the only way to distribute and store applications on the old diskettes.

Hard drives of the era were not much, so we store our content in archives was paramount, and today, to save space and optimize disk access by the system, can be a great idea.

Again, I recommend that comprimamos only files that we will not use often, and also do not try to compress files MP3, JPG or other compression formats are already in themselves. Speaking of the same, it might be a good idea to spend our WAV files to MP3, for example, to compress our music well. Note that MP3 is a lossy format, so it will be in worse quality.


This is the utility of which I spoke at the beginning, and a very good idea, if you ask me. File Optimizer is a free program that allows us to optimize different formats, among which are:

. Apk,. Docx,. Dll. Epub,. Ico,. Bmp,. Jpeg,. Png,. Pdf,. Pub. Tif

And many more. The idea is that we use it as a file compressor, but this is not entirely true, since at no time need decompress: The application optimizes the size occupied by files on disk, for example from PDF documents occupying 20 mb less than 5.

This is a great idea, but there’s a catch: It will create a backup of the files, the application directly overwrite our documents, so if the material is important, it is essential that we back up our account.

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