Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Leevoy, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. Leevoy

    Leevoy Guest

    O.K. someone shed light on this scenario please.

    I run Xp pro, cluster size is 512 bytes.

    I downloaded some filters and some 1700 in one folder.
    The ext was .ace so i downloaded the decompression app to use it as power desk and win zip don't support it.

    When I unzipped they went from 2 megs to 50, yes 50 times their original size, 100 meg.

    I decided to compress them back and stick em on my zip drive, which they zipped down to 1.87 megs.

    The point is, when I download some zip files they unzip 3 times, 4 times, 10 times and in this case 100 times bigger.

    I have tried myself to zip up 100 meg of files from my zip drive into a smaller file for some space and I am lucky to gain 4 meg of space.

    Is it a fact they were compressed on fat or fat 32 and when hitting my 512 byte cluster ntfs drive explode to much larger size.

    Can someone shed a little light on it, as I am quite impressed with win ace and would like to continue after the trial by buying it.
  2. lechtard

    lechtard Guest

    the only thing I can say is that winace sux - Depending on what the file will depend on how much it gets compressed .. it makes no diff whether it's fat, fat32, or ntfs ..
  3. lion7718

    lion7718 OSNN Addict

    I tried WinAce for about 2 days & didn't like it either....WinRAR is much better & easier to work with...IMO.
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

    Midlands, England
    Different compression methods will work better on different files.
    As for the interface, most applications tend to handle other forms of archive these days (WinZip, WinRAR, WinAce etc will all handle rar, zip and ace files)
    Personally I think that WinRAR is the best interface of the lot.
  5. Leevoy

    Leevoy Guest


    Thanks for answering my question speedy.
  6. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

    WinRAR for me, Z-Zip is not bad either.
  7. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    New York City
    Did you mean 7-Zip? That's what I'm using at the moment. The interface is a little clunkier than WinRAR, but it's nice and lightweight once you get used to it. Besides, the a .7z compressed file is supposed to be the smallest you can get.
  8. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

    I press Z every single time I talk about that program.......something to do with the brain pan me thinks.

    Only draw back is 7-Zip does not split files like WinRAR. So I have to leave WinRAR installed as well.
  9. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

    Montreal, Quebec
    i thought winrar has the best compression. anyways i think its the best havent used 7zip yet. will try it in the future, anyways i think winrar is the most user friendy with expert features while having a very small installation package size! WINRAR ROCKS!!!