The Ultimate Compression Format

Systemax / Venture
April 26, 2009 at 23:53:41
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Pro, 3.073 GHz / 1022 MB
I am looking for the Ultimate Compression Format there is, I know 7zip is better than rar and zip, But I need something that will compress my files inside an archive to the smallest size possible that it can be compressed to.

There are a lot of compression formats to consider power iso uses daa Direct Access Archive. Win mount uses mou, then there is 7zip, iso, zip, rar, ace, arc, tar, Gzip, and many more. I'm looking for the best and most reliable archive compression, I can get..

Any suggestions or what do you use when archiving files..

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April 27, 2009 at 00:13:51
Here is a list of all common compression methods. I would recommend looking for those that work with your platform and other important criteria. Then take a sample of the types of files you want to compress, and compress them with the selected compression methods. You can then find which one produces the smallest file sizes for your particular application.

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April 27, 2009 at 12:41:22
Excellent point by RTAdams, the degree of compression by a given compressor will vary with different types of data. You will probably have to do a lot of testing to find out which one works best with your data.

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April 29, 2009 at 11:29:26
Yes that is a very strait forward idea, I'm using the windows platform currently but I use Linux too, And I may in the future need a format that can be universal with Windows and Linux, And I have Power ISO, WinRar, Winzip, and 7zip installed..

Right now though I'm trying to compress some Internet Explorer cabinet files for my custom version of IE6. it's 69mb with Winzip but I need it to be below 50mb. So I guess I'll just have to do a lot of testing.. 7zip would probably decrease it to 60mb where Winrar would be close to 65mb. I know those programs well enough that I can estimate the compressed size..

Though 7zip has the best compression that I know about. There are a lot of newer compression formats, I have yet to try.. anyway I will look into what you suggested, Thanks..

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