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About compression...

by Damian555 / November 1, 2009 7:33 AM PST

Ok well I have a video game on my computer, takes likes 5.6gb, and I'm not going to play it for a while, not sure exactly how long, but I'm thinking maybe I could compress it now and uncompress it later. If I do this, would there be any damage to the files? And would this even free up much space?

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by Damian555 / November 1, 2009 9:36 AM PST

I'm pretty confused.

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You'd be better off
by Jimmy Greystone / November 1, 2009 9:45 AM PST
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You'd be better off just deleting the game and reinstalling it whenever it is you feel like playing it again. You'd be looking at pretty minimal gains from compression, because compression works by finding repeating patterns in a file and then replacing them with a reference to the first pattern. The kinds of files you find in programs and games don't tend to have these repeating patterns. You'd be lucky to get 20% compression averages, so you might save about 1GB of space in a pretty best case scenario.

Just delete the game and reinstall it later.

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by Damian555 / November 1, 2009 9:50 AM PST
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