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User Info: loader963

loader963
1 month ago#71
2.364 to 2.008 for a 356Gb savings. Nifty but I couldn’t get the automatic compression box to turn on. Tried command lines in the powershell even. If I play a game it decompresses and I guess I have to manually compress it again?
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User Info: BingSanpao

BingSanpao
1 month ago#72
dennis941012 posted...
what setting are you guys using i am only with "better" option I am only seeing 1~3 gb space saved only


Lzx would be the best but slowest one to decompress. I'd imagine the difference would be minimal nowadays tho.

User Info: Marikhen

Marikhen
1 month ago#73
CursedPanther posted...
So has there been any incident of a game breaking/inaccessible after the compression process? Pretty impressive stuff for 100% success rate with so huge an amount of space saved.


With this stuff? No clue.

In the past, however, yeah, there've been a few cases at least of file compression causing issues. I messed with file compression back in the late 90s and early 2000s and had my installation of MechWarrior 3 get slightly borked in the process. Dunno exactly what or how it happened, but enemies on one map went from playing fair to shooting through mountains, and I went from WYSIWYG terrain to invisible walls everywhere.

I wouldn't suggest staying away from compact/compress features in modern OSes, however, purely because it had a rocky time in the Windows 95/98 time period, but I'd probably be a bit leery if you're still using Windows XP.

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That said, how is a third-party site saying that there's a(n apparent) lack of penalty to compressing files this way equatable to "Microsoft proves it improves performance?" I mean PCGamer isn't Microsoft, and a lack of performance penalty is not a performance gain.
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SinisterSlay
1 month ago#74
Marikhen posted...
That said, how is a third-party site saying that there's a(n apparent) lack of penalty to compressing files this way equatable to "Microsoft proves it improves performance?" I mean PCGamer isn't Microsoft, and a lack of performance penalty is not a performance gain.

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User Info: KamenRiderBlade

KamenRiderBlade
1 month ago#75
I just wish they kept each Individual Games Root Directory in a Compression file container and operated it straight out of said container.

Any new addition in terms of files or modifications will get treated like a modification through a standard Compression Program (Add / Delete / Modify / Rename / etc)
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User Info: gideond

gideond
1 month ago#76
Tried it on Pillars of Eternity last night. I knew this game had terrible compression since the 11 GB installer turned into 24GB on disk and I could watch all the BMP and WAV files extract during install. I used the XPRESS16K option. Compression happened pretty quickly, within about 10 minutes total, and left me with a 14GB install. So far I noticed a little slowdown in the video intro when I first started up the game, but after that it was running just as smoothly as before.
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KamenRiderBlade
1 month ago#77
gideond posted...
Tried it on Pillars of Eternity last night. I knew this game had terrible compression since the 11 GB installer turned into 24GB on disk and I could watch all the BMP and WAV files extract during install. I used the XPRESS16K option. Compression happened pretty quickly, within about 10 minutes total, and left me with a 14GB install. So far I noticed a little slowdown in the video intro when I first started up the game, but after that it was running just as smoothly as before.
When you're decompressing in game, is it into a temp folder on your SSD?

Do you have a RAM Drive that you can move your temp folder to?
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User Info: gideond

gideond
1 month ago#78
KamenRiderBlade posted...
gideond posted...
Tried it on Pillars of Eternity last night. I knew this game had terrible compression since the 11 GB installer turned into 24GB on disk and I could watch all the BMP and WAV files extract during install. I used the XPRESS16K option. Compression happened pretty quickly, within about 10 minutes total, and left me with a 14GB install. So far I noticed a little slowdown in the video intro when I first started up the game, but after that it was running just as smoothly as before.
When you're decompressing in game, is it into a temp folder on your SSD?

Do you have a RAM Drive that you can move your temp folder to?

I haven't played with it much. My games run off a WD Black platter drive, not off my SSD. This is the Amazon version of POE, which is basically a modified GOG installer. I'm not sure where exactly it caches the temp files. It may be on the SSD under the normal temp directory. I have 16GB or RAM, but have not setup a RAM Drive with it.The only hit I've seen though it when it first starts, which I guess is when it starts decompression. It smooths out almost immediately.
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User Info: arleas

arleas
1 month ago#79
RyanEsau posted...
So, I guess this isn't made for video files. Oh well. Great for games.

I always saw it choke up and stop if it hit a video or audio file that was already compressed. I bet if you ran it on a raw video file or raw audio file it would still work though.
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