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Old 11-08-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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Any better way to compress?

I have a several GB flash drive that I keep all sorts of programs, files, passwords, notes, and even a portable firefox browser with all the bells and whistels.

And due to space constraints some things I've had to pack away in .7z files. But sometimes it gets full enough to where I have to make a choice of what I want on it. And the fact you can't defrag it if its go less than 15 percent of space. Do you know of a better compression method for files and such? Yes I do also use CD-RWs. I actually have a whole tube of them. But I'm looking for a better way of compressing stuff on my flash drive and saving space.

I do work mostly from the flash drive since after all hard drives have never advanced from what they currently are. They've really other tahan size, there design really hasn't changed. And you never know when a drive will fail. So it's always safe anyway to have a backup system, notes in case, links to stuf yo need, programs already to install,etc. That is why I work mostly from the flash drive.

Got any ideas? Thanks.


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Old 11-09-2008, 03:38 AM   #2
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If you're already using 7-zip then you're already using the best free compression utility that I'm aware of.


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Old 11-09-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:26 AM   #4
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I found flash drives are too limiting. I have a 250GB notebook drive(ie. 2.5") which a take around with me. Doesnt need a powersupply like the 3.5" external HDDs, just plugs into a compy with a mini usb cable.

I read recently that theyve actually just about to release 500gb notebook drives... pretty cool

I use winrar for my compression needs but of course it isnt free

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Old 11-13-2008, 10:24 AM   #5
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If you trust Google with your files and have a Gmail account, you can use the GSpace plug-in for Firefox to store your files in virtual space. Sometimes that's easier than remembering to carry your datastick with you.


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Old 11-13-2008, 11:29 AM   #6
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Not one to skirt away from pointing out the obvious, you could buy a larger flash stick now that they're so cheap. I got a 16GB one for £15 a few weeks ago.

If you need serious space on the move though, as Astro says a laptop drive is your best bet. They really are very small considering how much data they carry, and they're good value byte-for-byte (I recently paid £45 for 250GB):



You can even get little enclosures to help protect them:



Not as small or durable, but worth considering if it's being used for remotely professional use.


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Old 11-14-2008, 09:13 AM   #7
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If you trust Google with your files and have a Gmail account, you can use the GSpace plug-in for Firefox to store your files in virtual space. Sometimes that's easier than remembering to carry your datastick with you.
that of course assumes you have net access on the target computer and the luxury of bandwidth/speed to upload 'several GBs' of stuff from those flash sticks!

If its just images though, online storage is a *must* IMO. Saves you getting a months worth of silent treatment when you lose the 2002 Valentines day photos

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