How do I save one file as more than one file?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by elcastellano, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. elcastellano

    elcastellano Guest

    I'm trying to do just what I said in the title. But for some reason, m
    computer won't let me. I have a base empty file that I created t
    replace files I no longer need. Actually, I do that with all fil
    types. I don't want a bunch of files that take up a whole bunch o
    space on my disk. And I also don't want a bunch of files taking up roo
    after I delete them. Basically I want save one file as several hundre
    files but I don't want to have to do them one at a time as that woul
    take too much time. I want to replace them all at once so I can us
    them again, seeing as I do a lot of work on my computer. So does anyon
    know how I can do this. Google’s a piece of crap, because I can't fin
    the answer there
    elcastellano, Apr 22, 2010
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  2. elcastellano

    LVTravel Guest

    When you delete a file it doesn't take up any "room" on a hard drive anymore
    if it is not placed in the recycle bin. While the file's data isn't
    physically removed from the drive the space that it occupies is marked as
    available. The recovery information is stored in the recycle bin and the
    recycle bin can be shrunk down to a very small portion, as little as 1% of
    the hard drive, or turned off totally so that any file deleted will have
    it's space available instantly.
    LVTravel, Apr 22, 2010
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  3. elcastellano

    Hank Arnold Guest

    Doesn't make any sense. You aren't improving anything by doing his vs.
    deleting the files. In fact, you are actually using up *MORE* space.
    This "empty file has to be taking up a couple of bytes. Multiply that by
    hundreds and you are talking about real space.

    While you are correct in that deleting a file doesn't delete the data
    off the hard drive, it does update the hard drive directory to indicate
    that the space is available. From the OS point of view, the space is empty.

    Just delete the files. Defrag if you want to (it doesn't increase the
    free space, though)...

    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold, Apr 22, 2010
  4. elcastellano

    Dave Guest

    That makes absolutely no sense.
    If you wish to save space, do the opposite. You can consolidate several
    files into one archive.
    Select the files in Windows Explorer, right click on them, select Send
    To.. - Compressed (zipped) folder.
    Dave, Apr 22, 2010
  5. elcastellano

    elcastellano Guest

    Thank you all. I guess I'll just delete them or get rid of the old inf
    until I find a new use for them. Thanks again, have a good day
    elcastellano, Apr 22, 2010
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