Laurence Payne wrote: > On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 19:54:25 -0600, "ryanm" > <email@example.com> wrote: > >> A caveat I should mention, wav files do not compress very much, and even >>if they did the potential for data loss is probably enough reason *not* to >>use NTFS compression on your audio tracks. The accuracy of the error >>correction and the lossyness of NTFS compression is debatable, so while it >>works great for data, I probably wouldn't want to compress the drive I mix >>from. > > Muddled thinking! > > If program files, where one corrupt bit could be catastrophic, survive > NTFS compression, wav files have nothing to fear. > It offers a moderate degree of compression and is lossless. Like > other methods used for programs and data like zip, rar etc. Not to > be confused with lossy systems like mp3, JPG which are only useful > for media files. It does, however, use quite a few CPU cycles to do its "on the fly" compression/decompression. So I wouldn't want to use it while tracking, for example, since it could cause the system to drop samples. In general, I find that I need all the performance I can get from my DAW machines. I would always prefer to invest some additional money in a larger disk drive rather than attempting to use file system compression to squeeze a little extra room out of an existing drive. But I agree with you that there's no reason to worry about accuracy or "lossyness".