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Cramming Pics Onto Floppies


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:39 PM

Hi, I'm not too PC-literate but have discovered I can get more pics onto my 1.44 floppies if I change them from bmp to jpeg, but is there anything else I can do to cram even more onto floppies?
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:41 PM

You can use a program like winzip or winrar to zip them. this will have the only impact there is no direct access

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:58 PM

...Why are you using floppy disks? Save yourself some trouble and burn them onto CD-RWs. (You can also save money as CDs cost less per MB than a floppy disk).

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 09:01 PM

Floppies are going the way of 8-tracks, so you should really consider using a CD; the price of CD burners is very reasonable.

Another thing you can do to increase the number of pics you can save to a floppy is to crop them. There are many rather easy applications that will allow you to do this; Irfanview comes to mind, because at the same time you can both crop the picture and reduce the size (this also reduces the quality, but if you are dealing with very large files, a ten percent reduction does little harm to the picture and saves you some file space.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 09:22 PM

Some folks recommend that once you copy your digital images off of your camera or it's memory card, you save those original, raw images to a more permanent storage medium than your HD.

If, for example, those original images are "jpg" files, (mine are from my Casio digital), then cropping them, or reducing their compression to make the file size smaller, or saving them in another file type, or any other manipulation of the image may, and most likely will, also reduce the color depth and number of pixels of the image.

I backup, or copy, the originals to CD, and never edit anything but a copy.

While I agree with jgweed that some editing may not make a lot of difference, with CD's as cheap as they are, why not preserve the original image?


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Posted 28 April 2007 - 09:24 PM

agree with jgweed on the CD thing. I would also consider looking into a USB Drive a 1GB goes for about $25USD here and hold as much as something like 1000 floppy disks. Thats a big saving in money space and time.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 09:34 PM

If you go the CD-R route, make sure you use the multisession mode so you can add picture to the CD till it is full.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 11:14 PM

Just to comment on what fozzie mentioned, about zipping the images.
If you images are in the .jpeg fromat, then zipping them will have neglegable results, on reducing the file size, since .jpeg is already a compressed format.
Just as a test, I zipped a folder of .jpegs, using WinZip.
Size before zipping - 192 MB
Size after zipping - 191 MB

Now if you were to zip .bmp files, there would be a noticible difference in file size, since .bmp is a non-compressed format.

Also, as jgweed said, reducing the quality of an image by as little as 10%, using IrfanView, does little harm to the image, and saves some file space.
In fact, quite a bit.
It will reduce a 2.15 MB file, to 1.04 MB.
As you can see, that's a file size reduction of over 50%, which is quite a bit, when doing a large number of images.
There's a tutorial on how to do that, here:
Reducing An Image's File Size By Reducing It's Image Quality Using Irfanview

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 02:25 AM

Thanx guys I went with the Irfan slider and it worked a treat, I reduced the pic quality and have crammed 6 floppies-worth of pics onto just 2 flops.. :)
Its amazing just how much you can decrease the quality slider without noticeably affecting the pic

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 03:47 AM

You're welcome, MickinPlymouthUK.
Glad to hear it worked out, for you. :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 04:12 AM

Also thanks for the lesson tg :thumbsup:




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