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How Much Memory Of a Zipped File Vs a Folder for Graphics?

I download a lot of graphic files as zip files. I sometimes just keep them zipped and sometimes I open them up and use what is in the folders. How much disc space does it use to keep both the zip files and the open folders? Should I just keep the open folders and throw the zips in the trash if it is actually doubling the amount of ram being used? Or is it OK to keep both? I like to have both for different reasons, but if it is crowding out the amount of memory I have, I will toss the zips.

I still have a TB of space on my external, but I know I will run out eventually, so I want to know what makes the most sense. If the zips hardly use memory, I will consider keeping both, but if they are both hogging space it makes sense to get rid of one or the other.
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GK

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Much Memory Of a Zipped File Vs a Folder for Graphics?”

    4 months ago

    It depends on how compressed the image are. But you can check easily, Select the zip file and choose File, Get Info to see the size of it. Then select the folder and choose File, Get Info to see the size of that. If the zip file is considerably smaller than the unzipped folder, and you are low on space, then you may want to only keep the zipped file around. But it is harder to see the contents of the images, and search for those files, if they in a zip archive.

    FYI — you mean “storage” not “memory.”

    Karen
    4 months ago

    Thanks Gary, fastest response ever. Great info and on-time performance.

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