CD-DVD Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 2.21, by Dr. Herong Yang
Archiving Files on CD - Compress with WinRAR
This section describes a tutorial on how to compress files with WinRAR to archive them on a data CD.
If you have a lots of personal files on your computer system, you should consider to archive or backup them to a CD to avoid any losses if something happen to your computer.
One easy way to backup your files is to copy the folder where your files are located to a CD. But this could lead to problems like:
A better way of archiving your personal files to a CD is compress all directories and files into a single archive file with WinRAR. Then copy the single archive file to the CD. The advantages are obvious:
Here is what I did compress all of my personal files into 3 archive files to be copied to a data CD. My personal files are under the 5 folders: \herong\file2002, \herong\file2003, ..., \herong\file2006.
1. Create a work directory C:\archive.
2. Run the following commands in a command window:
C:\>cd \herong C:\herong>mkdir \archive C:\herong>WinRAR a -afrar -r \archive\file2002.rar file2002\*.* (Using the 8-3 file name format to avoid restoring problems. (WinRAR progress window shows up. (The compression process takes a couple of minutes. C:\herong>WinRAR a -afrar -r \archive\file2003.rar file2003\*.* ... C:\herong>WinRAR a -afrar -r \archive\file2006.rar file2006\*.* C:\herong>copy \progra~1\winrar\WinRAR.exe \archive\WinRAR.exe 1 file(s) copied. (I want to put a copy WinRAR.exe on the CD too. C:\herong>dir \archive <DIR> . <DIR> .. 10,577,076 file2002.rar 113,907,373 file2003.rar 121,605,487 file2004.rar 129,867,837 file2005.rar 333,239,038 file2006.rar 915,968 WinRAR.exe 6 File(s) 710,112,779 bytes 2 Dir(s) 21,970,386,944 bytes free
I got 6 archive files with 710,112,779 bytes / 1024 / 1024 = 678 MB. It perfectly fits on one CD-R (data CD).
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