Questions Regarding Compress C Drive Options in Windows 10


#1

I have a Windows 10 HP laptop and trying to install Autodesk drawing software.
My computer has (I think) 2 TB of storage, it’s partitioned with about 237 GB on the C drive and 917 GB on a ‘D’ drive. (I don’t now where the remainder is).
All my documents are on the D drive. C drive is for program files mostly.
I’m trying to install my latest versions of software and it’s telling me I do not have enough space. I can’t change the location for the installation files on the C drive (that I’m aware of).
I moved my download files to D (will change that default) which cleared out about 5 GB, but I need to clean out more space - about 4 GB more.
When I go to C drive properties I see a “compress this drive” option.
What are the ramifications if I choose this? I’m a little leery of doing this, I’ve read that it could slow down the computer, especially with a drawing program.
How else can I clear out more space? The rest of the files on the C drive are unfamiliar to me. I tried a disc clean up (1 GB or so), but am also unsure what I should check to clean up.
Thanks for any help. Sorry for the long-winded question.


#2

Have a look at this HTG article which speaks directly to this topic and may answer many of your questions. Let us know your results.


#3

Bring up disk management so you can see if there is any unallocated space available. The only problem is, if you do have any unallocated space, if I recall correctly because you have the D: partition the system would only allow you to expand the D: and not the C:

You will want to double check though if that is that case.

The other thing you can do, in addition to redirecting the downloads to D:, you can do the same thing with the other folders - Music, Pictures, Videos, etc.


#4

Thank you. I did happen upon that article and it ends by saying they are skeptical of the compression, so I was wondering if anyone had any further real-world experience here.
It also didn’t address (unless I skimmed over it) if it is reversible - in case you start having problems.
I’m looking at other ways to clean out for now.
Thanks for the reply.


#5

larrymitchell - thanks. I had cleared out all my docs, photos and videos, however I just realized that some of my docs are duplicates, probably did that to have two copies. I’ll move them to a usb (then the next step is to finally settle on a cloud back-up service! - late to the game on that, I know).
The other folder that is large I realize now is - I have iCloud (I have an iPhone - the only apple product I own). It syncs to a download folder on the C drive. That’s 15 GB. I haven’t looked into re-pathing that, or if it’s possible. I don’t see why not, but I haven’t researched that yet.
If anyone has any experience on that, that would be helpful.
Thanks again.


#6

Oh and I forgot to say, I spoke to an tech and he showed me all the files in the C drive for Autodesk that are previous install files that are not required anymore! Bonus. There are probably more for other programs but Autocad/Revit are hogs, so I’m sure is the majority of bulk.