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Large file needs to be compressed to fit on a usb Drive

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Large file needs to be compressed to fit on a usb Drive Reply with quote

I've downloaded a full copy of Windows XP Service pack 2.
The original is roughly 260 mb in size; actually, if memory serves me right, it's 266 mb.
I already have a 250 mb flash drive i want to put it on.
I also have a copy of 7Zip installed on the win98 desktop.
Which file format and which compression settings should i select to make the file fit on the flash drive?
Actually, the 250 mb was a rough estimate; it's really 249 mb.

BTW, those of you looking for a different way to make data cds may appreciate this stand-alone program.
It is called Singe.
It allows you to only make data cds.
It DOES NOT make bootable or audio cds, though.
Two nice things i like about it:
Stand-alone: no need to install; literally just take it and run!
When you press CTRL+C to copy a selection in to the burn list, Singe says how much space will be required for the disc automatically.
Oh, too large, won't fit? Don't panic; highlight one of the selections and tap the Del key; done! The status bar reflects the change instantly!
I actually just used it yesterday to back up two cd-sized portions of the music i listen to on the xp laptop.
Wow, talk about needing a stand-alone app in a pinch...
This app will definitely benefit those of you with lots of cd-r/cd-rw discs lying 'round...
Oh, yeah, singe will definitely let me get away with putting the xp service pack 2 on a disc if i had it locally...
To get Singe, go here:
. or for a zipped version:
. Hope this helps anyone out there who needs it...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Different compression techniques work better for different files, so it is difficult to know which is best for the particular file you are compressing. Usually RAR offers good compression. I would imagine that the exe file is already compressed, which means that you probably can't get it to compress much more. You may struggle to get it on the flash drive.
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