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Do you prefer to keep your games files zipped or unzipped and why? Bonus topic: Anyone else wants to eventually reach the level of Chuck (Level 99)?

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Depend on the rom size.

Less than 500Mo keep it zipped.

Especially for DC isos zipped they are usually light weighted.

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Does anyone run media from a network drive?  I would expect this to have an impact on zip vs unzipped files.

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I prefer using zipped files unless my emulator does not allow it. It takes up less space, and is less of a hassle to organize. I just wish that more emulators would support them.

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If the emulators can open them, I definitely prefer to keep them zipped.  Not only does it save space but there is just something that makes it 'cleaner' to me.

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On 2/2/2017 at 0:01 PM, Coleman said:

Does anyone run media from a network drive?  I would expect this to have an impact on zip vs unzipped files.

I open media across a network drive.  I rarely run into issues, some of the larger videos take a second or so longer than others to appear though.  I should note that a few of the emulators really don't like opening ROMs across the network though, or at least with Windows 10.

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So you store roms/isos on the loCal drive but all of the media (game play videos, game images) for the front end on the network drive?

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22 hours ago, TragicallyGeek said:

I open media across a network drive.  I rarely run into issues, some of the larger videos take a second or so longer than others to appear though.  I should note that a few of the emulators really don't like opening ROMs across the network though, or at least with Windows 10.

I'm planning to have my stuff run over network as well, is your stuff zipped over the network, will there be a big performance hit on that?

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On 2/11/2017 at 8:59 AM, Coleman said:

So you store roms/isos on the loCal drive but all of the media (game play videos, game images) for the front end on the network drive?

Yupp!  If it wasn't for issues I ran into with 10 I would run both across the network.

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On 2/11/2017 at 1:26 PM, Ted777 said:

I'm planning to have my stuff run over network as well, is your stuff zipped over the network, will there be a big performance hit on that?

I haven't noticed much of an issue, although I do run on a gigabit network.  Some of the larger files take an extra few seconds to load, this is one of the things I have really liked the fades for in RocketLauncher.

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With emulators nowadays there really isn't a reason to not zip the files. Most emulators can read straight from the zipped file with 0 delay and some emulators will actively unzip the game your currently playing to ensure no delay. While harddrive space is getting bigger and bigger, just seems like a waste not to zip.

 

Actually as 7zip has become very popular recently, might be worth converting the zipped files to 7zip. Compression is much much better. Just need to find a good program which can convert the zip to a 7z :D

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