Helpware: Hard disk full? Zipping files will free up space

Harold Glicken, Tribune News Service on

Published in Business News

Not only can zipped files be opened in the zip format, but WinZip will open 15 other formats, such as ISO as well.

Zipped files are searchable, which means if you know the name of a file, you can find it easily.

Cloud service files can be condensed. If your cloud backup service charges by the gigabyte, you'll save money by zipping files before they're backed up.

There's a whole range of file operations, ranging from simple copying and deleting commands to adding individual files to existing zip files -- a great aid for folks like me who forget to include an important file in an existing zip file.

Technical support is offered online only. At, you'll find dozens of tutorials and frequently asked questions. There's a 21-day trial download; after that, the basic version costs $30. A $50 version offers the ability to scan from the program and share photo files directly from the camera, among other features.

Through the decades, WinZip has grown flashier and more useful. If your files are straining your hard drive's capacity, WinZip is an excellent way to free up more space. Or you can upgrade your hard drive to 2 terabytes or more. Remember, one of the rules of computing is you can't have too much RAM and too large a hard drive.

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Harold Glicken is a retired newspaper editor. He can be reached at and a collection of his columns can be found at

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