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Subject: Re: (off topic) Compressing and Saving to floppy
From: "Anthony J. Albert" <albert @ polaris . umpi . maine . edu>
Organization: University of Maine at PI
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 08:30:27 -0400
To: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: <20040810020711 . BF32B32C40B @ mycroft . greatcircle . com>

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>Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 03:06:17 +0100
>From: lee <davislee @
 btinternet .
 com>
>To: Mailgust <mglist @
 mailgust .
 org>, list-managers @
 greatcircle .
 com
>Subject: (off topic) Compressing and Saving to floppy 
>Message-ID: <41182D99 .
 2050308 @
 btinternet .
 com>
>
>
>hello everyone,
>
>Can anyone tell me how to compress a folder of files so that I can copy 
>it onto my pc's A (floppy) drive? I currently have 3.5" discs which can 
>otherwise not hold a complete folder of files.
>
>I've already tried saving the folder(s) using WinZip or win-gz before 
>saving to floppy, but the overall kilobytes size seems to still be the same.
>
>Maybe any compression only reduces the folder to say, 1 file, but there 
>is no way to actually reduce the size?
> 
>Any advice appreciated,
>lee

Compression will reduce the size of the agregate of files - if they are 
compressible.   "Random" data is likely not to compress much, and there 
are several file types that approach this...  .jpg .gif .mp3 among 
them.   Text files can sometimes compress by 50% or more, because they 
are "non-random" like data.

What you need is to split or "span" the archive across multiple disks. 
WinZip has this option, as does pkzip.  In WinZip, check the Help file, 
and look in the index for "spanning" for instructions.

Hope this helps,
Anthony Albert 
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Anthony J. Albert                     albert @
 umpi .
 maine .
 edu
Systems and Software Support Specialist          Postmaster
Computer Services - University of Maine, Presque Isle
	"This is only temporary, unless it works."
			--- Red Green


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