Archiving compressed files: which format?

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  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Before I move my work over to the Tiger drive, I thought it was about time I burned some completed projects onto some good-quality DVDs. There's about 30gb in total.

    To save on disk space, I thought it might be best to compress the folders but which format will be universally and easily accessible in 5-8 years?

    .sit, .sitx, compressed .dmg... Which one would you use? Or maybe something else? Or maybe not bother at all?
     
  2. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I'd use compressed tarballs, or zip compression. Tar and gzip/bzip are open source, and therefore likely to be around a long time from now, while zip is by far the most popular compression format (and technically the "official" Mac compression format now). I've got .sit files from my Mac II that won't open in a new version of Stuffit expander. That's made me not really like or trust Stuffit anymore.
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I second this completely. tar/gzip are likely to exist for quite some time.
     
  4. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks guys. Any recommended utilities?

    Don't mind paying for them...
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Terminal... :)

    To Compress: tar czvf archivename.tgz folders

    To eXtract: tar xzvf archivename.tgz (or just double click in Finder)

    Fast and free... ;)
     
  6. cube macrumors G4

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    Install Fink and you'll get bzip2 (if you want even higher compression, I'd recommed rzip, but it's in the 'unstable' CVS/rsync distribution of Fink).
     
  7. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Stuffit's DropStuff will also create compressed tarballs. Just pick tar and then choose whatever compression you'd like. GZip is probably more popular, but BZip has a higher compression ratio. Like Mitthrawnuruodo said, you can also use the terminal. Tiger comes with tar and bzip2 installed AFAIK. My installation has it anyway, and I didn't manually install them. I guess they might be part of the "BSD Subsystem" or the Developer's tools. You can check by just typing the following in Terminal:

    tar

    then type

    bzip2

    If you get meaningful output (ie. not "command not found") then you've got them, and the commands that Mitthrawnuruodo posted will work.
     
  8. motulist macrumors 68040

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    It depends on what you're compressing. Some file types, like movies, barely compress at all (from my experience). So whatever you compress with, compress one project as a test and see if the size saving is worth the tradeoff of more difficult archive creation and less future compatibility.
     
  9. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Design for print projects.

    Folders containing: QuarkXpress, Illustrator, Photoshop files, humungous layered Tiffs, etc... the .psd files tend to compress well, layered tiffs less so if they have LZW compression on to start with.
     

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