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Subject: What does compress data mean
Creation date: 10/12/11 9:16 AM
Last modified on: 12/11/18 12:07 PM

Compress Data

Questions: What does the Compress Data (see image below) option do when using Syncrify?

Answer: Syncrify tries to compress data during the backup process when this option is checked. It compresses a chunk of file, sends it over the server and finally, the server decompresses it before saving it to the disk.

This compression is only meant to speed up the data transfer. Once the file is on the other side, it regains its original form.

Can the files be compressed on the server to save disk space?

The current version of Syncrify does not offer this feature. However, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this goal:
  • Client side - Create a script on the client machine that compresses the file in a different folder before backing them, OR
  • Server side - Use the compressions provided by the OS to compress the repository folder.


    Using compression at the OS level drastically reduces scalability and therefore, is not recommended if you expect a high volume.

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