Compressing a large number of files into a .zip file helps in saving disk space. Also, transferring .zip files between different devices or drives is faster than transferring individual files. It is also much easier to mail a large number of files if they are in a .zip form.
This article will, therefore, tell you how to copy a large number of files into a .zip file. You can then schedule automatic copy of this .zip file to take regular backups.
All this is possible using Copywhiz, a file copy app for Windows.
What is Copywhiz?
Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file copying and backup process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:
- Copy only new or modified files
- Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
- Automatically organize files based on file attributes and metadata
- Copy files to multiple folders/computers
- Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
- Sync files between source and destination
- Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
- Schedule file backups
- Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
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Copying files as a .zip file
- Right-click on the folder/folders from which the files need to be copied and choose Copywhiz–>Copy from the menu as shown below:
- Go to the destination folder where you wish to create the .zip file and select Copywhiz–> Paste Advanced.
- Under the paste options select ‘Paste as compressed .zip file’, specify the .zip file name and click on ‘Paste Now’. You can use the %date% or %datetime% variables to create a separate zip file each time. Just type the variable, and it will be automatically updated.
You can even schedule your file copying to create backups or, in simple words, create multiple copies automatically from time to time. All you need to do is:
1. Click on the ‘Paste later (Schedule)’ button. Once clicked, the following Window will appear that will let you set your preferred backup frequency.
2. After setting your preferred frequency, click on ‘Schedule Now’ so that Copywhiz automatically runs the projects at a specified time for creating multiple copies.
Once you get used to Copywhiz, you will find the normal file copying process too outdated and boring.
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