I think the best way to start to understand what happens as a result of this is to see what happens when a piece of data is written to a file. This is the most common case when a file is written to a hard drive as a result of this. The file is created by a computer program called “compressing” meaning, the size of the file is decreased by as much as half. Compressing is necessary to enable the file to be transferred to another computer.
What’s interesting about this is that the file is actually a series of bytes. However, the file size is not directly proportional to the size of the bytes in the file. Instead, the file size is calculated by the size of the least significant byte, and that is the size of the file itself.
In essence, the computer is telling you what to write into the file. The computer programs are written to know how to compress text so that they will be easier to transfer and manipulate.
This is what file compression is: writing bytes that are larger than the file itself. However, the computer is telling you to compress the file itself instead, which is the opposite of what you should do. In this case, the software is telling you to compress the file by writing more bytes to it. You should write the data you want into the file, not compress and get the file to fit.
Your computer doesn’t know what you want it to compress. It only knows what you tell it to compress. In other words, the file compression software is just telling you to write more bytes to the file, which you should do. If you need to compress the file, then do so.
You should also not compress a file that you do not know is data. It may just be a file that is on your computer, and you should not compress it unless you know what you are doing. Just because you think you know what you are doing, doesn’t mean you know what you are doing.
If you want to compress a file that you think is data, you should compress it. The file format says that the file is data, so you should not compress it unless you know what you are doing.
Another example of when it makes sense to compress a file: in your web browser. If you have to do anything with a file that you know you shouldnt, you should compress it. If you dont know what you are doing, then you should not compress it.
To the point where some people are now asking if the compressed file format can be converted to something that it can’t be, which is the case for video, you should not compress your video. Compressing video is a bad idea because you are compressing your data, and you are losing the bit-depth, so it is hard to read.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. It is also important to note that many compression algorithms are based on mathematical algorithms that have been proven to be very stable. That means if you dont compress a file that is too big, you will lose any potential future compression algorithms that could be based on the same mathematical principles.