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#1 Multi-Destiny

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:29 AM

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for asking this. In any case, the usual caveats apply.

I wanted to ask: Is there any way to actually split a compressed ZIP file into multiple parts, so as to save space on my HDD? If so, please instruct me how. I use IZArc as my file archiver, and my OS is Windows XP Pro.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:13 AM

Splitting a compressed file will make both subsequent files larger, even if you rezip each of them, because of the extra overhead of maintaining them. Can you simply copy the zipped file to disk or perhaps store it online somewhere?
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:16 AM

Some to look at
http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Best/zip-split-free.html
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 05:25 AM

Splitting a compressed file will make both subsequent files larger, even if you rezip each of them, because of the extra overhead of maintaining them. Can you simply copy the zipped file to disk or perhaps store it online somewhere?
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Well, I can't really do that, since the ZIP file is around 11 GB in size! But...are they gonna be larger? Really?
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:34 PM

Yes, for example, you split your 11 GB file into 4 parts. You have the original 11 GB of information. Plus add the now 4 new bits of header information to describe the new subdivisions, plus the zip file info to the original 11GB, you have a larger overall zip package. However each individual package is smaller than the original. But in totality it's larger due to the information added by the zip program to each separate file.

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