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Winrar compression query

Makuze

OSNN One Post Wonder
#1
Hi,

I am new to this site and to file compressions in general, so excuse this newbie query.

I am wondering why my WinRar (3.42) program can not compress an EXE file, ( 14,5MB), in Windows 2000 pro?
The archived file is in fact almost identical or slightly larger than the original.

My work-around was to split this EXE file into two files, so that I could send it by E-mail, is this the only way to do it?

The various compression settings did not make any significant change..
 

Luna

OSNN Senior Addict
#2
Makuze said:
Hi,

I am new to this site and to file compressions in general, so excuse this newbie query.

I am wondering why my WinRar (3.42) program can not compress an EXE file, ( 14,5MB), in Windows 2000 pro?
The archived file is in fact almost identical or slightly larger than the original.

My work-around was to split this EXE file into two files, so that I could send it by E-mail, is this the only way to do it?

The various compression settings did not make any significant change..

Perhaps the file you are trying to compress is already compact, or unable to be compressed any further?

Not all files can be compressed with such programs (ie: mp3, jpg, most exe files)

File splits are usually the only option to get smaller file sizes.
 
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Lee

Guest
#3
Make your cluster size smaller. Yes it depends on the file, I have an ace file with filters zipped on my zip disk that is 10 mb in size when I decompress it, it's 112 mb in size.
 
#4
Different data can be compressed to different degree. Text is easy to compress while executables (which often allready are compressed) are hard to compress further. I suggest you split the file (i.e. compress it in smaller volumes).
 

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