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Old 02-12-2004, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question Forum Choice: Zip VS iso


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.



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Old 02-12-2004, 03:04 PM   #2
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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
 
Old 02-12-2004, 03:13 PM   #3
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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...
 
Old 02-12-2004, 03:41 PM   #4
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If you're making backups of full CDs, i'd say the simplest route is ISO
 
Old 02-12-2004, 04:01 PM   #5
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right on...now I just need to find a good windows app to create images.
 
Old 02-12-2004, 05:08 PM   #6
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WinIso and IsoBuster both create iso images nicely. They are not free though. If you have a linux box though, you can create an iso image of a cd without any extra software.
 
  


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