So you decided to organize your computer files. That’s great. Then you noticed you have large files that are taking up a chunk of space in your computer. Either you’ll delete them or make a backup of it. But you realized your external hard drive is full and you need to get a new one to save all those important files.
Thankfully, a friend suggested to “compress” the files first. In simple terms, file compression is a process of making files smaller by reducing the number of bytes it contains. While it may be a good idea, you start to think, why should you even zip those files and what are the benefits you can get from doing so?
Top 5 Benefits of File Compression Software
Increased storage space
One of the benefits of file compression is that it frees up your disk space since files can be compressed up to 1/100th of the original. This means you can store more valuable data and don’t have to get mad at the computer shop owner for closing early that you can’t buy a new external hard drive.
If you think that opening up your laptop and doing some work constitutes electricity usage, then read this. Storage of data also needs electricity, which means you also need cooling. Therefore, if you save on storage space, you also save on the cooling process.
Remember the hard drive scenario mentioned above? One of the benefits of file compression is that you don’t need to spend your hard-earned money to buy hard drive, whether internal or external, so you can store more data.
Also, transferring uncompressed data uses power which can also be translated to electricity use. Since it is faster to send compressed files, lesser power will be used and the electricity you’ll consume will be lesser too. Or you can use that electricity on other tasks.
Faster transmission time
The amount of time you’ll spend waiting for your email to be sent will also depend on how big the file being sent is. If you send compressed files, upload and download will not be an issue anymore since the time to do so will be reduced as well.
Did you know that files can be printed up to one hundred times faster when they are compressed? Yes, try it to believe it.
So, are you still going for that external hard drive when there’s a cheaper way to free up your disk space?