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    Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    I'm experimenting with XP's zipped files.

    I created a new zip folder and copied in 60 MS word documents of various sizes, mostly smallish, only 6 or 8 of them above 500k. Things go wrong when I try to copy and paste a large number of large files at once.

    If I choose the 44 smallest files (1.84 Mb) then they copy in perfectly. If I choose the largest 8 files (5 Mb) I get an error message saying Cannot Create Output File and I click OK. The folder sometimes contains three of the files, once it contained all eight files in spite of the error message. If I choose all 60 files (8.4 Mb) sorted by name then only the first 24 files copy in successfully, although the 25th, 26th and 27th files will copy in if I do them on their own. The first 24 files are 3.64 Mb in total.

    Next step is to password protect the folder when it has all 60 files in it (copied a few at a time). Again I get the error message Cannot Create Output file, this time after four or five files have been protected.

    Next step is to remove passwords. Twice among the dozen times I tried this the all files except one were deleted from the zip folder!

    Am I using a known buggy feature or is it just me? MS KB article 306531 showed I was using the feature the right way.

    I searched on the error message and had one useful hit: Plus! on W98 would give this error message if trying to add a compressed file to a compressed file. This doesn't apply here. They are all MS Word documents.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    Other than opening average compressed files, I have found XP's compression program to be buggy in ways similar to which you describe. If you use WinZip, you won't have that problem anymore. The free version will do all you need and more.

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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    <blockquote><hr> This is not free software.
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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    That is what many refer to as the free version. Try it - I guarantee you will find it will exceed all your expectations well beyond 21 days as to which anyone in the Lounge will attest. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    Ya it's kinda like a stop sign out in the middle of a desert with one car in the whole country. They just put it there to see if you will stop. Win Zip (stop sign)

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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    If you use, or are considering using, another ZIP tool, this may be of interest:

    JSI Tip #5232 : Windows XP's built-in zip support may conflict with 3rd party zip tools.

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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by TimOz on 05-Feb-03 19:58. Added prologue as a PS.)</P>Thanks guys! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Just checking to see if they'd switched over to the real world yet. <img src=/S/pirate.gif border=0 alt=pirate width=22 height=18>

    And I always observe <img src=/S/stop.gif border=0 alt=stop width=26 height=24> signs, even if I have stuff all faith in them anymore. <img src=/S/igiveup.gif border=0 alt=igiveup width=31 height=23> I've been in two accidents at stop signs. In the first a car came through the stop sign only to stop in front of me on my brand new bike, causing a seriously bent bike, wrecked helmet, leathers, and a smashed collarbone. <img src=/S/ouch.gif border=0 alt=ouch width=15 height=15> In the second, a car sped through the stop sign and kept going, after peeling off the front end of my freshly painted custom panel van. <img src=/S/weep.gif border=0 alt=weep width=21 height=16>

    PS Forgot the very first one - I got tail-ended by a guy watching a skirt fluttering in the breeze. Luckily he was only crawkling along. (And I didn't spot him in the mirror 'cause the skirt had caught my eye too <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    Yea your right Tim. Of course you got to know , I stop at stop signs. You don't live long riden scooters if you don't stop at stop signs. I've had to bad wreaks because of morons turning across in front of me, like I wasn't there. <img src=/S/invisible.gif border=0 alt=invisible width=15 height=15> And they should have signs , Beware Of Men Looking At Skirts. <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    I sympathise, but rather than male specific stops signs <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>, the roads would be a far safer place if everyone had to ride for a couple of years, before being allowed to drive .
    The survivors would be more alert, skillful, aware and respectful of both the conditions and other road users.
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    Re: Losing files with passwords on a zipped 'folder' (XP SP-1)

    Tim :Right on Bro. I have been riden scoots for a long time and it has made me a better driver of 4 wheels. After you get ran over a couple of times it opens your eyes wide to the weapon that you are driving. Thanks for that post. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

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