NTFS disk compression, bizarre behavior


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro Build 18363
       #1

    NTFS disk compression, bizarre behavior


    Hello. I am a newbie here (Windows 10 Build 18363). Thanks for having me. I used to repair software and hardware issues in a Windows environment, so I am tech savvy. I have several disks, including two SSDs. Recently, I noticed my primary SSD was filling up. Every day. another gigabyte or two would be added, mostly log files, and I was reaching my limit, which, as you probably all know, causes Windows 10 to start malfunctioning. And the malfunctions can be very bizarre and difficult to diagnose, so it is very important to keep a certain amount of free space on your disk. To fix this, I decided to try NTFS disk compression, which I had never done before. I chose to compress a system folder where Windows Installer updates are stored. Afterward, my disk size went from 989 GB to 43 GB, which stunned me. Please note that I did not opt in to compress the entire disk, just this one folder. Then I decided to decompress the folder, do a full backup, and then reinstate disk compression again via an elevated CMD command. Incredibly, after disabling disk compression, my full size state still only went back to about 83 GB, instead of the 989 GB it had reached before I started tinkering. Does anyone have any explanation for what is happening? I would be most grateful for your help. Thank you.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #2

    My thought is, maybe Windows did a disk cleanup before it applied the compression and cleared out a lot of old log and installation files and that is what is causing the disk usage discrepancy.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 231
    Pro 20H2
       #3

    Also bizarre :
    NTFS disk compression, bizarre behavior-notenoughspace.jpg
    I found that it was being caused by compression checkbox selected in partition's properties window.
    I disabled that property, next time the copying had no problem, and 4.9GB free.

    Ok, I found the cause, but I do not understand its behavior.
      My Computer


 

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