Compressing your hard disk drive will help you to save disk space and have an extra space for your new files. It also helps your computer to load your hard drive quickly. Lot of computer users did not know how to compress their hard drive. Compressing your hard disk drive was an easy task.
This method is applicable in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It may differ or not applicable in other Windows Operating systems and other operating systems.
1. Go to Start menu, select My Computer in Windows XP, Computer in Windows Vista and Windows 7 running systems.
2. Select the hard drive you want to compress, for example Local Disk C, where "Local Disk" is the hard disk drive name, and "C" is the assign letter for the hard drive. It may differ in other computers depending on the assigned letter and the drive name indicated during the installation and formatting of the drive.
3. Right click on the drive, and Select Properties
4. In the general Tab, bottom part you can see the textbox with the caption "Compress this drive to save disk space", check the text box and click "Apply", then click Ok to save the new settings.
If you are using Windows XP, the folder name will changed into color blue when you successfully change the settings that compress your drive.