splitting up large file into several parts?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by manchot, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. manchot macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2008
    I have a 3 gig file that i want to send to someone by burning it on a few cds (no dvd burner T.T).

    what is the best way to compress the 3 gig file and burn it over a few cds so my recipient can take the files off the cd's and recombine them?

    i've seen rar files like this, and i guess that would be good but i don't know how i would do it.

    ty for the help!
  2. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    what type of files are you trying to compress??
  3. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    Split & Concat works well for me, although the other person would also need a Mac to use it.
  4. UnitedRed macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2006
    I use SimplyRar but it only splits files into 50MB or smaller
  5. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
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    Does it have to be manually split? Why not just set your burner to span the data over multiple cds?
  6. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
  7. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Um, what exactly are you referring to? At the very least it would have to be done be a specific feature in some particular burning software, and in my experience the span-disc features of burning software can only work if you're trying to span a folder that contains many smaller files that together won't fit on a single disc, not a single large file that can't fit on a single disk.
  8. nachotech macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    Simple solution doesn't require any new software

    Leopard has the tools built in to split and recombine large files. If you already know how to use the Terminal application, the process is very simple, using the tools 'split' and 'cat'. I wrote a full description of this on my blog here: http://blog.nachotech.com/?p=44


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