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Compress Squad and save 50% drive space

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So you have that one supernova fast SSD full of your nsfw pics and no space left for your games? Well, i will tell you how to fit some games on top of it, or you can have even more of those pics...that's your drive after all.

 

Here is some documentation.

 

LET"S BEGIN

 

Method 1 (Windows 10 only)

 

STEP 1

 

Go to the link below and download CompactGUI.exe. If your are that "Omg, hell no, you gonna blow up my PC with this stuff" guy, you can check source code or go to Method 2.

https://github.com/ImminentFate/CompactGUI/releases

 

STEP 2

 

Run the file as Admin and prepeare to shat your pants.

 

STEP 3

 

Select the folder you want to compress, we are here for Squad, but you can compress that nsfw folder you hiding in system32 too.

Choose the compression algorithm (16K for best effect) and press Compress folder.

 

 

NOW PREPARE FOR TAKE OFF, TOO LATE WE ARE ALREADY QUANTUM SHATTING THROUGH MATTER.

 

STEP 4

 

Tell stories to your kids about the mighty Art, you can spare the part about your folder in system32, srsly, don't tell that part.

 

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We are done here.

 

Method 2 (Windows 7, 8 and 10)

 

Unless you are not on Windows 10, method 1 saves a lot more space, so i really have no idea why you choosing this one.

 

Do dis:

And we are done here.

 

 

 

Some more examples of method 1

 

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Even more examples here: https://github.com/ImminentFate/CompactGUI/wiki/Compression-Results:-Games

 

FAQ:

Spoiler

Does this affect loading times?

This is similar to the NTFS-LZNT1 compression built-in to Windows (Right click > Properties > Compress to save space) however the newer algorithms that CompactGUI use were introduced in Windows 10 and are much more efficient, multi-threaded, and designed for use on executable programs resulting in greater compression ratios with almost no performance impact.Those with older HDDs may even see a decent performance gain in the form of reduced loading times as the smaller files means it takes less time to read programs and games into RAM.

 

What happens if Squad updates?

New files simply will be uncompressed, repeat the procedure with Force Action on Files checked on STEP 3.

 

Edited by ARTdrakon

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5 minutes ago, XB0CT said:

How does this affect updates?

It uses native Windows NTFS compression, this is just GUI that uses newer algorithms that were introduced in Windows 10. After update you simply repeat the procedure since new files will be uncompressed. 

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This is all well and good if space is an issue but you don't mention the negatives. As in just about all corners of life you don't get an advantage without a disadvantage. In this compression case it comes if the form that for Windows to use the stored data it has to be uncompressed again which takes processor power. There is a trade off that the data is smaller on disk and can be read more quickly from it but then it has to be uncompressed which takes time. How much time depends on your processors power. It's still a good solution for low SSD space. Especially when it's Squad update time and you need another 20Gb before Steam will let you continue.

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5 minutes ago, Major Trouble said:

This is all well and good if space is an issue but you don't mention the negatives. As in just about all corners of life you don't get an advantage without a disadvantage. In this compression case it comes if the form that for Windows to use the stored data it has to be uncompressed again which takes processor power. There is a trade off that the data is smaller on disk and can be read more quickly from it but then it has to be uncompressed which takes time. How much time depends on your processors power. It's still a good solution for low SSD space. Especially when it's Squad update time and you need another 20Gb before Steam will let you continue.

It uses more CPU only on loading, how is this a negative?

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1 minute ago, ARTdrakon said:

It uses more CPU only on loading, how is this a negative?

Longer load time depending on your cpus performance. It also takes more time to write in compressed folders, although that again is somewhat off set by the size of the data being written is smaller.

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