The following transparent drive compressions of other operating systems are known:

  • MSDOS 6.22 Doublespace (configured by autoexec.bat or config.sys)
  • Win XP/7: Drive Compression (configured p.e. by rightklick for folder on filebrowser)

How to enable transparent drive compression on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint ?

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ext4 doesn't support compression, for that you need to use either Btrfs or ZFS (available in Ubuntu since 19.10 but it's still experimental).

Compression can be also configured on block device level with Device mapper VDO and than you could use it with ext4 (because it doesn't matter what filesystem is on top of the device), but that's currently not supported in Ubuntu.

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