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#1 jahid91

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 03:45 PM

hi there, i just wanted to know what is the difference between comprssion & archiving because i get confused with this two things all the time as they both have similar function. could you please describe me the differences for both of the utility. thanks.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 10:02 PM

From what I know (not very much) files get compressed into an archive.
Hope this helps.
"If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way." - Bertrand Russell

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 09:28 AM

It depends on the definitions.
Generally, to archive something (in this case presumably a file) is to save it to media or to make a backup copy.
In the case of Windows, it may at times seek to compress files that have not been accessed for some time (it might even misleadingly include the word "archive" but I am relying on memory about the wording) in order to save disk space.
I hope this helps a little.
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 09:33 PM

thanks guys kinda need some confirmation on that too, if anyone can elaborate on this would be great too, thank you again!

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 10:16 AM

Here are two good articles on Windows File Compression:

http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2006/07...le-compression/

And a MS KB article about compressing NTFS files (Windows XP and above):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307987

Hope these help explain the process.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 06:37 PM

thanks mate, i wish there was a system where you can thank members for helping :flowers: instead of saying thank you i.e like have a system where you can press a "thank" button or something and it can show how much a member helps out or something, just a suggestion probably should go in the suggestion section in the forum. :thumbsup:

Edited by -Cloud, 26 March 2008 - 06:42 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2008 - 05:36 AM

some of the links that you guys gave me i looked at it and it helped me alot. thanks.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:20 AM

There is also a method of compressing files, usually for E-mailing or archiving called "zipped" or "compressed files." These must be "unzipped" at the final destination to be read, but the process does reduce the amount of space a file or files use. Receiving or downloading zipped files, however, requires attention to computer security because malware often hides itself in zipped files which anti-virus scanners cannot detect.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:03 PM

There's a BleepingComputer tutorial on it here.
"If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way." - Bertrand Russell

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 05:02 PM

awesome, thanks alot




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