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    Zipping and splitting files

    I'm moving files from my old computer (Win 98, no CD burner or USB port) to my new computer (Win XP Pro).

    Unfortunately I've not been able to make a functioning connection with serial or parallel cables, so it's floppy (diskette) time.

    Problems: old Netscape mail files (in-box is about 78 MB!) and lots of pictures.

    Can I zip these? Most of the pictures are .jpg format, some are .gif format. And can WinZip zip across multiple diskettes? If so, will XP's built in unzipper be able to deal with them?

    If not, and if the resulting files are still too big to mail as an attachment (ISP limitations), can anyone recommend a reliable file splitter?

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    I use WinZip from http://www.winzip.com

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    WinZip will create multiple zip files accross removeable disks.
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    Creating spanned Zip files
    To make a Zip file that spans multiple disks, simply create a new Zip file on a removable disk, then add files to the Zip as you normally would. If the disk fills during Add operation, you will be prompted for another disk. Simply insert the next disk and click the OK button.
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    Or I have used a free prog called of all things, The File Splitter. You can Dl it at: Splitter
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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    You can ZIP the files. However, .JPG and .GIF files are already compressed so zipping them will not reduce the size much and may actually make them larger. Depending on the version of the ZIP program you use, it probably can split the files accross as many diskettes as required.

    If you need a file splitter, I have found RZSplit to be very good.
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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    Also, even if you don't use floppies to create the zip file, i.e. create a zip file on the hard drive somewhere 'cause it's a faster process. Then open the zip file and look on the Actions menu for the Split command. It will allow you to specify a file size to split the zip file into. Then THOSE individual files could be copied to floppy or emailed.

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    Have you tried a crossover ethernet cable to network the two together? Even with the fact floppys are almost free the time it will take just to write then read all your files will take you days? If the old box does not have an ethernet port go to someplace and buy one. Locally they start at $4.99US at Fry's. Name bands may run you $10.00US. It will be so much faster and cheaper as well as less frustrating. I cannot imagine writing 50 plus floppys for my mail, then having to read them, and then writing several hundred more for other data files or downloaded programs.

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    For a quick solution I'd be very tempted to open up both boxes, remove the HDD from the old machine and temporarily install it into the new machine's secondary slot. Copy the data you need over to the new machine's C: drive. Once everything has been copied over you can restore the disk in the old machine.

    For a longer term solution, Lan cards and cable are cheap, reliable and give you the ability to back up critical data across both machines.

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    Temporarily connecting the hard drive to the new computer is the method i have always used, and it is very fast and easy.

    make sure you set the jumpers on the hard drives to MASTER and SLAVE correctly though
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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    I'm challenged as far as dealing with hardware...am using floppies and am almost done.

    Any WinZip experts out there? Zipping a large file across multiple disks is easy, but reading them on the new (XP) machine is not. Windows XP couldn't do it, so I donwloaded the latest version of WinZip. When I ask it to open the zip file, it asks for the diskettes in reverse sequence, but I never actually get the individual files open...stuck in a loop between "open" dialog boxes that ask (again) for the diskettes. How do I transfer the (individual) files to the new machine?

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    Since WinZip has to traverse the chain of diskettes for each extract operation, it is better to extract all files at once to hard disk, then move them to the correct locations.

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    Many thanks! The crucial word here is "extract" rather than "open".

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    Re: Zipping and splitting files

    What backup drive do you use on the old computer?
    You could temporarily move that drive to the new computer.

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