Is compressing a hard drive beneficial?

10 Jul 2011
10 Jul 2011 | |

This may seem like a silly question, but the reason I’m asking is that while watching Auglostics Defraggler, I noticed some spaces between files and I am curious as to how they affect space on the hard drive and performance.

Would compressing the drive get rid of wasted space? Or would it just slow down the file-retrieval process?

By the way, I am running Windows 7 Home Premium X64 SP1 on a HP G72 notebook with 3GB DDR3 memory and currently have 256GB of free space.

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