Fast file compression utility?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Boneoh, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Boneoh macrumors 6502

    Boneoh

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    I need to compress and backup my virtual machine images, they are around 20 Gb. Are there any fast compression utilities out there?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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  3. Boneoh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was hoping to find something that runs faster...
     
  4. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    You're compressing twenty gigabytes... try 7zip if you're not satisfied.
     
  5. kahlil88 macrumors member

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    Mac OS X also comes with some command-line compression software, such as gzip and bzip2 (if you're comfortable with Terminal). If it's speed you want, go with gzip. For instructions, open up Terminal and type man gzip (use the arrow keys to scroll and press "q" to quit). I recommend using the -v (for increased verbosity) and --best (for highest compression) parameters.
     
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    I've found the built in OS X archive utility is slow for large archives, to GUI can take quite a while to come up. Download StuffIt, you tell it to make .zip archives with either greater speed or greater compression.
     
  7. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    or get a faster cpu :D

    i hate stuff it... so much
     
  8. kahlil88 macrumors member

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    Grrr! Me too! I'm all about the FOSS, fsck shareware. Fast CPU is definitely a must if you plan to compress 20 GB files! I just hope the OP can compress it enough to actually make any reasonable difference.
     
  9. Boneoh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, all! I will give these all a test drive soon. :)
     
  10. Rjjcvb macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    What is your conclusion about this situation?

    Until now, the fastest compressor that I have found is: WInZIP mac edition.
    At least it is the only one that uses the CPU in full trottle.

    (compressing 20 GB)
     

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