I have a Hard Drive that is used mostly for storage only. Is there a way for me to increase the capacity of this drive. I am not worried if this impairs the performance of the drive
physically (and logically thinking), no.
but you can reduce cluster size if you are using ntfs.
You could remove some programs to free up space, if that's what you mean. To physically increase the amount the drive can handle is impossible.
i remember in early 1990's, if you format your disk with DOS, you will get less space than in Mac. the 1.44M floppy disc will become 2M if formatted with Mac.
MAC can read DOS formatted disc, but DOS cannot read Mac formatted disc.
did you try enable compression?
It can be . But i think its not a good way . I suggest you buy a new harddisk
Why don't you just buy new Harddisk? It's ridiculously cheap now. Last time I checked the 1 Tera Byte HD is just NT 4000+ (Taiwan Dollar) or roughly 130 USD.
If you under linux, or other OS where you can change file system type, than you can change file system. This shuldn`t increase physical capacity of the disk, but decrease expenses on markup.
For windows I think you can try compress image of hd.
Physically you can't. Yes, but through windows compression facilities you can increase the storage capacity of the hard drive as the files and folders stored in the disk drive will be compressed.
Just get another hard drive. Suggestions such as using compression WILL reduce your performance and I'm assuming you weren't just looking for tips like "delete old programs that you don't use any more"
Alright i know but if you buy new one your thats make sure your data will never lost and its faster then compression
yes, you can enable compression... take a look at KGB archiver, it's one of the best. this applies only if you have decent hardware
If you what to increase the disk space without physically upgrading your HDD, then the only way i can think of is using disk compression as stated by internetjobs. You can do this by double clcking on your "My Computer" icon, right click on your HDD (C:, D: etc) then select properties. Under the general tab, you will be able to see an option called "Compress this drive to save disk space". Check it and you should be getting extra disk space. Alternatively, you can try using a 3rd party disk compression software.
You can also use disk cleanup wizard to help remove unwanted files and temp files.
^Be warned: compression will give you a little more space, but it will make your computer slower!
Buying an upgraded hard drive is best.
thx for advice everyone. I decided to look at all my files and got ride of heaps of stuff I never really needed.
I know many had COMPRESSION on and it F**KED the drive
DO NOT TURN IT ON!!!
Let me repeat myself
DO NOT USE THE COMPRESSION feature on XP you will mess up your drive and will slow down to a point of insanity if not damage your drive itself. also when you try to UNCOMPRESS well good luck it will take you a whole day to decompress 30GB of data
you can't physically make it have more room, but if it's just for storage, you could try compressing all the files into a .zip or something