[BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?

Michael Cassidy mike.cassidy at ntlworld.com
Wed Oct 9 08:55:37 BST 2019


Hi.

Is not 7Zip rather memory-hungry. Pkzip v.9 is less so and works well under Windows 10.

Mike

> On 8 Oct 2019, at 11:43, Steve Nutt <steve at comproom.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Download 7Zip from http://www.7zip.org then install it.  Now you can compress files from the applications menu of File Explorer.
> 
> You can either compress as 7Z or Zip, but Zip is more common for uncompressing.
> 
> All the best
> 
> Steve
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Claire Potter <claire.potter99 at gmail.com> 
> Sent: 07 October 2019 17:07
> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
> 
>> Hi Steve, how would you make a zip file? I have opened Zip files before today, but never made one. 
>> 
>> Claire Potter
>> Potter's place, where technology comes to life!
>> www.pottersplace.me.uk
>> NVDA Certified Expert 2019. 
>> 
>> 
>> On 7 Oct 2019, at 17:03, Steve Nutt <steve at comproom.co.uk> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Claire,
>> 
>> If you want to squeeze them a bit, put a load of JPG files into a zip 
>> file, compress then back it up.
>> 
>> This does make more room for error though, as you have to extract them.
>> 
>> All the best
>> 
>> Steve
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Claire Potter <claire.potter99 at gmail.com>
>> Sent: 07 October 2019 12:31
>> To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
>> 
>> Hi Mo and David,
>> Thank you both for your answers, that's the second time that has 
>> happened to me, I do normally use Dropbox for most backups, but I have 
>> to be careful with photos because I have a lot of them, so before I 
>> know it half my space is taken up with photos in Dropbox, and as far 
>> as I know, unless you have 2tb or more space on your machine, it is 
>> quite hard to store data in the cloud, even if that plan allows for 
>> that amount of storage. I know that JPG files can be quite big, so 
>> they can take up a lot of space over a short amount of time.
>> Claire Potter
>> Potters Place, where technology comes to life. 
>> www.pottersplace.me.uk
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: David Griffith <daj.griffith at gmail.com>
>> Sent: 07 October 2019 12:13
>> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
>> 
>> I would personally extend  this caution not just to flash drives but 
>> to all external drives.
>> I always try to ensure critical data is both in the  cloud and also on 
>> external drives.
>> It is a belt and braces approach but I would only surrender this 
>> approach for data I was prepared to lose.
>> David Griffith
>> 
>> 
>> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>> 
>> From: Mobeen Iqbal
>> Sent: 07 October 2019 12:09
>> To: BCAB Discussion List
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
>> 
>> Hi Claire. I would always back up your files to dropbox and not rely 
>> on flash drives solely for storage. Flash drives can fail without 
>> warning, I found that out the hard way whilst my pen drive was backing 
>> my assignments for year 1 at college up to my computer. I had to 
>> rewrite them. I can't tell you how much that hurt. If the files are 
>> important, pop it in the post and send it across and I'll see what I 
>> can do with it. If not, I would be careful with what you put on that specific drive in future.
>> 
>> Cheers,
>> 
>> Mo.
>> 
>> 
>> On 07/10/2019 11:05, Claire Potter wrote:
>> Hi Andrew,
>> Oh dear, I think I just made it worse, I probably selected the wrong 
>> option, but I went into properties and did the error check, it did the 
>> repair, and now my drive is totally blank and all my photos are gone, 
>> trust me to do that! Thank you anyway, not sure if I'll get them back now.
>> 
>> Claire Potter
>> Potters Place, where technology comes to life.
>> www.pottersplace.me.uk
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgson.io>
>> Sent: 07 October 2019 10:44
>> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> Its likely the drive was removed without ejecting it and data was 
>> being written to the drive.  If you go into the drive properties one 
>> of the options there is to run a file system scan and this is what you 
>> need to do in the first instance.  I have also seen drives just die on 
>> me for various reasons, so that is something you may need to think 
>> about.  Before going that route though I would reformat the drive.
>> 
>> Andrew.
>> ________________________________________
>> From: Claire Potter [claire.potter99 at gmail.com]
>> Sent: 06 October 2019 21:31
>> To: BCAB
>> Subject: [BCAB] Really strange file behavour, can anyone help?
>> 
>> Hi all, I apologise for cross-posting this, but am wondering if anyone 
>> can help with a very odd problem. I have a pen drive which I use to 
>> store all of my business photographs, that's the only files it has on 
>> it, all in JPG format. Today I went into the pendrive to look for 
>> something, and noticed that the first 8 files have become 
>> inaccessible, their names just have a load of latin symmbols, and I 
>> can't open them at all, what's even stranger is that if I try and 
>> delete them, nothing happens, and if that's not enough, if I go into 
>> the pendrive using my mac, I can't  see the files! Does anyone have 
>> any ideas of what could be wrong?
>> 
>> Claire Potter
>> Potter's place, where technology comes to life!
>> www.pottersplace.me.uk
>> NVDA Certified Expert 2019.
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