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I am currently archiving some apps from CD, Is it better to create an image of this disc and compress it? or merely zipping all the files on the disc? I do remember running into problems with file integrity back in the day with older version of PKZIP for DOS...Just looking to see what the public thought about this.
If the CD has Cd-specific features, such as if it's bootable or contains multiple file systems, you may be better off creating an ISO. If you just want the files, I don't think it matters. If you want only some of the files, archiving just those files will save you disk space and time.
I don't think there are many troubles with archives these days, but depending on what you'll be doing with the archives you might consider alternatives, like tar/gzip/bzip
Most of these apps are NT based, for use on my windows box, just wanted to create backups, such as my copy of Borland C++ which is old and scratched...I'd prefer to stay away from tar and gzip...I really don't know what that might do if I tried to move it back to hard media and install again....I'm fairly superstitious about things I'm new at...