How does NTFS decompression work in Windows? According to Microsoft, NTFS decompression is done by expanding the file, then using it. That sounds right, but my question is how this process occurs technically.
Does Windows load the compressed file into memory, expand it in memory, and read from memory? Or does it load the compressed file into memory, expand it to the disk or in memory, write to the disk, and then read?
I'm trying to figure out if perhaps I can improve my computer's performance by using NTFS compression. That way, the slow disk drive or SSD that can't handle that many write operations will always have less data to write and read, and my powerful processor that is idling most of the time can decompress the files, improving my storage speed and health.