You can save some space on your hard drive just by compressing the size of the images. This allows your computer to run faster at times and more storage space.
How to save space on my hard drive by reducing images
There are multiple applications and alternatives to compress images and reduce their size. You can use web tools or applications on your phone mobile to save the photos of your phone.
A very easy to use web tool, you just have to access the main page from your computer and place the images you want to reduce. You can select up to 20 files to the web and once the process is finished you have a .zip file that you will have to download.
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A very popular tool among users as you can upload files from Dropbox or Google Drive. Select the images and drag them to the working area of the page to obtain the results. It is used to compress JPG or JPEG images.
Like the two previous tools, Optimizilla is an online image optimizer. The advantage it offers is that pAllows compressing images in JPEG and PNG format. You can upload up to a total of 20 images and you can custom adjust the final quality.
It is one of my favorites since it allows you to compress images in PNG and JPEG formats with optimal quality. Tiny PNG allows compress up to 20 files and remove up to 5MB in the optimization process.
This application is not only a chat tool, but many have chosen to use it as a cloud application. You can create a group or channel to upload your images and in the process the application will show you a message for you to choose upload it as a photo (optimized image) or file.
Compress a hard drive in Windows
If what you need is to get more space on your hard drive, one option is compress all files automatically. By carrying out this process the size of the files is reduced and you can save up to 20% of space. You would have more hard drive space, but this could affect PC performance.
Enable automatic compression in Windows
- Access My Computer or This Computer and choose the hard drive you want to compress
- Right click on the hard drive and select the option Properties
- From the General tab, enable the option Compress this drive to save disk space
- Click Apply and then OK to save the changes
Keep in mind that by enabling hard drive compression, your computer’s processor will have more work to access a compressed file. So that this procedure is not recommended if your PC has a slow processor.
Compress a file in macOS
When using macOS we have the advantage of compress specific files. This optimally applied procedure can save disk space of up to 30%.
It is not necessary to download a third-party application to perform this operation, as it has a native app called Compression Utility. It does not have a user interface, but it is a fairly simple procedure.
- Select files or folder what do you want to compress
- Right click on it and in the pop-up menu select the option Compress file
- At the end, a new ZIP file appears with the compressed files
- To access the files again it is only necessary to double click on it.
If you want something more advanced you can download an application from the Mac App Store. Some allow you to choose the type of compression and offer greater compatibility with different files.
One of the most popular are The Unarchiver for being free and Keka who has a great reputation due to the time spent on MacOS.
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