How do I compress a folder from 130MB to 1-3MB in size?

Anonymous September 4, 2013
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Last night I downloaded a compressed file (winrar). It was with 1.7 mbĀ  in size. When I opened it , I saw a video of 13o mb. Can you help me do the same as the file owner?

  1. Susendeep D
    November 7, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Mahmoud,

    Kindly mark your question as resolved so that people with same issues can get help with what you find the best comment useful.

  2. Alan W
    September 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    There are quite a few compression programs about and some good options already posted. As Guy said, I dint think you could get a file compressed that much but if you Google compression programs or vist the Alternative To site for a list and find one that meets your needs then please do let us know about it.

  3. Guy M
    September 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I'm amazed that the file was compressed that much. Honestly, I didn't think that was even possible. Nothing in those compression benchmark tests shows anything over 90%.
    Is it possible that the file extracted was a download helper program, which then download the .avi file in the background?

    • Mahmoud E
      September 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      no sir it was compressed highly , it didn't accompany any exe file to do that job ,

    • Guy M
      September 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Wow. When you find out how it was done, please let us know here. This would be a huge help to a lot of people.

      Do you still have the compressed file? Is it a video that you don't mind a stranger seeing? If so, can you e-mail me a copy of the compressed file? guy@makeuseof.com

    • Bruce E
      September 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      I'm also interested in this file especially since an avi container ALREADY compresses the file in the first place. with all the codecs I know about. The only way I can see this kind of compression happening outside of the AVI container is if it is somehow stored completely uncompressed in the AVI in the first place. Did someone shove an animated GIF into an AVI container to accomplish this? The best compression I have ever seen on a standard AVI using standard codecs and the normal AVI compression methods to generate the file and compressing using WinRAR, 7Zip, or WinZip BEST compression methods is a total space savings of about 7% (i.e., compressing to 93% of the original file size).

  4. Hovsep A
    September 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    it takes time because will depend also on your processor performance to work faster, some says to do with KGB archiver , you can use Winrar under general compression method (store, fastest...Good...Best)

    Summary of the multiple file compression benchmark tests
    http://www.maximumcompression.com/data/summary_mf.php

    Lossless data compression software benchmarks / comparisons
    http://www.maximumcompression.com/index.html

    7ZIP
    http://www.7-zip.org/

    nanozip
    http://www.nanozip.net/

    • Mahmoud E
      September 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      KGB archive really works for it , it may be taking a long time but i tried it on a small size video and it worked for me , thank you sir .

    • Hovsep A
      September 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      glad that works for you, if you upgrade your processor and get SSD hard drive the operation will be quicker.

  5. Benjamin T
    September 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    It all depends on the file and compression algorithm. The simpliest way is to check the original file and see what type of compression was used.

    • Mahmoud E
      September 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      it is an avi ( video ) file the compression saved 97% of the space , i tried to do the same with winrar after extraction and on anther file but failed to get the same % of the compression .

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