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Compressing files

By commission
Dec 16, 2007
  1. Whats the best program to use to compress files?
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    What is "best"?

    Would you mind if it takes a whole day to compress or decompress 500MB? Would you like other people to be able to open the archives even without using Windows or having to download/install some obscure, non-free, possibly malware-infested utility? Would you like to be able to split the archives? Would you like the archives to be "solid" so that to extract a single file, you have to extract every singlefile before it? Would you like the archives to have error-correction information in them? Would you like to password-protect your archives? Would you like the compression algorithm to be proprietary/secret/patented so that when the software maker decides to quit, all your data is inaccessible?

    What kind of data are you compressing?
     
  3. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Nodsu, I don't like your comments at all.

    Commission, can you try a trialware of WinRAR ?
     
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Winzip for basic 1 file of small size contents.XP makes it easy.
    Hilite files,right click and select (send to compressed,zipped folder.)
    Winrar if you have large files and need to split the rar file.
     
  5. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Posts: 493

    Winrar or winzip.
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    7Z. FREE and it does it all.
     
  7. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Interesting. Does they even forces the large files to be compressed to even smaller, let says ratio of 2 to 1 ?
     
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