The New Windows 10 Promises to Eat Minimum Hard Drive Space

by March 23, 2015

In a time when software companies are all over the market trying to retain its customer base, it is not surprising to see them come up with novel ideas to keep their customers happy and satisfied. With limited storage space a key factor in determining this satisfaction level, the engineers at Microsoft have come up with algorithms that assure to free up a lot of your computer’s storage space. This new algorithm will be incorporated in the soon to be launched iteration of Windows, Windows 10. The OS will be available for desktops, tablets, laptops, and mobile phones.

Microsoft is working on reducing what is called the disk footprint of Windows 10, which will leave more space on the computer for data storage. This will be achieved by compressing the Windows system files. It is also making radical changes to how recovery images work in a bid to save some space.

Windows will be able to effectively compress system files, which will make available an additional 1.5 GB of storage space for 32- bit and 2.6GB of storage for 64- bit Windows. Phones will have similar compression systems, which will free up space.

Coming to how the recovery image will now work, Windows is redesigning the Refresh and Reset functions so that it does not use a distinct recovery image to get the program back to its original state. This is an effective way to reduce the storage footprint as most devices keep about 4GB to 12GB reserved for recovery image depending on the device’s make and model. Since phones already have a mechanism in place for such optimizations, this feature is only for other devices.

As the pie chart shows, the user will now have more space to store images, videos, and music!

The system will not use the traditional Reset and Refresh functions instead, it will use runtime system files to rebuild the OS.

The user will be able to recover the software from intense corruption by designing, or rather creating their own recovery media that will take a back up of the original state. So, in case your computer hits the rough seas and you are unable to refresh or reset the device, you can use the recovery media to take your computer back to its original state.

However, Microsoft has taken care to ensure that the system compression does not mess up or reduce the system’s responsiveness. One if the factors that influence whether the compression should be used is the RAM of the device. It determines the frequency with which the device retrieves system files from storage. Secondly, the speed at which the CPU of the device can run the decompression algorithm while retrieving the system file is a factor. Windows 10 assesses the suitability and accordingly updates.

Windows 10 will also reduce the footprint of the apps. The compression will help the user to save more apps and the apps themselves will take up lessee space. A smart improvement, the space saving techniques is sure to make Windows 10 a hit with the users when it will launch this summer.