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Compress Operating System Drivers


Use case: You want to compress operating system drivers

"My SSD does not have enough disk space. I see that it is recommended to use "compress your operating system drive" to save some disk space. Not sure if compressing the operating system drive is safe and will cause performance loss?"


Free the operating system drive by compressing Space it?

If you are using Windows 10, when your operating system drive is running low, many people will choose "compress operating system drive" to get free space Operating system drive. This is the new Windows 10 XPRESS and LZX compression algorithm. After checking this option in Disk Cleanup, the files on the operating system drive will be compressed so that you can get some free space.


You can follow the steps below:

Click the system disk button on the right , Select "Properties", and then click "Disk Cleanup". After loading, select "Compress your operating system drive" and click "OK".

1. "Compress your operating system drive" is a compression feature that comes with the NTFS file system. If your operating system drive is another file system, you cannot use this feature.

2. Although it is safe to use "compress your operating system drive", it will not cause data loss. But honestly, it is best not to compress your operating system drive. Because each file is a compressed file after compression, it must be decompressed when it is opened, and compressed when it is closed, which will reduce the CPU speed and affect system performance.

Based on the above shortcomings, I suggest you use other methods to release the hard disk from the operating system. Next, I will show you how to use Windows built-in tools to get free space.


Method 1. Use Disk Cleanup to release the drive from the operating system: Press Windows + R, enter "Cleanr.exe" and click "OK" to open "Clean". Select the drive to be cleaned.

Method 2. Uninstall the program: Press Win+R, enter "Control", and click "OK". Click "Uninstall a program" in the control panel to uninstall unnecessary applications on the system disk.

Table 3. Delete the hibernation file: Go to the start menu, enter "cmd" and right-click the resulting command prompt and select Run as administrator. Then type "powercfg.exe -h off" and press Enter.


Use third-party tools to release the drive from the operating system

In addition to the above methods, You can also use a more convenient third-party tool-AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition (supports Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8/7, XP and Vista) to release the operating system drive. This is a professional disk management software, which not only can safely release the system drive on the hard disk from any file system, but also does not affect the performance of the system at all.

It has many outstanding functions, such as: converting file system between FAT32 and NTFS, migrating operating system from GPT disk to GPT / MBR SSD or HDD, clean the system disk.

Step 1. Open On the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, click All Tools->Other Tools->App Mover

The second step. When the main interface of this function is opened through all tools -> other tools -> App Mover, select the partition where the file to be moved is located, and click "Next".

Step 3. In this step, check the application to be moved and the location of the target file to be moved. Then click "Move".

PS: You must choose a disk with enough space for the new file.

Step 4. Decide if you want to move, and then click "OK".

Step 5. After "Move", click "Finish" to return to the PA main interface.

Note: In this step, the mobile target application has been completed. You can run the program in the new location without reinstalling it. In addition to moving to a new drive, you can also restore the moved program to the original path.

Additional reading: Allocate free space for operating system drives

If not you want To move files on the operating system drive, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can also provide you with a method to directly extend the operating system drive. You can allocate the free space of other partitions on the same hard disk to the operating system disk to expand the size of the system disk. You can follow the steps below to continue:

Step 1. Find a partition on the same hard disk (here, take D drive as an example), and right-click the drive D and select "Allocate Free Space".

The second step. Select the size and target disk to be allocated on this page. Then click "OK".

Step 3. Now you can preview your operating system drive has been expanded, click "Apply" to confirm this operation.

PS.: If you want to expand the system disk of a Windows Server computer, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.


Conclusion

Is compressing your operating system drive harmful? How to compress the hard drive in Windows 10? After reading this article, I think you have the answer. In addition, this article also introduces you to other ways to expand the system disk. You can choose one according to your preference.









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