[Solved] Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

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Re: Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby admin » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:44 am

Thank you for validating our fixes!

The regression testing is proceeding smoothly at our end as well.

Do you have any observations on the compression ratio, in contrast to the weaker X4K setting?

Some files need to be excluded on X8K and X16K, which are safe to compress with X4K (or LZX).

The difference this makes is probably vanishing on Windows installations with apps and data on them, but I wonder about the vanilla OS.

Maybe X4K might actually outperform X8K and/or X16K on a clean OS installation only, because of the new exclusions?

Just food for thought. As more files are added to the hard disk, this gap would surely be overtaken by X8K and X16K quickly.
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Re: Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby admin » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:45 pm

Great news!

The regression testing has completed and the final builds are scheduled for later today.

ZIPmagic should also be available very soon, possibly as early as tomorrow.

I have secured a ZIPmagic Server key for you, in appreciation of your efforts - please contact me to get your key!

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Re: Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby admin » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:52 pm

I've got great news, DiskZIP 2018 is live on the main download site (www.diskzip.com) with the following enhancements (including the issue you reported, of course):

- Maximum compression strings in the command line override region of the 7-Zip Plug-In have been updated.
- BZIP2, GZIP, and ZIP archive types now have access to Ultra, Fast, and Fastest compression presets in the 7-Zip Plug-In.
- CPU access priorities are now enforced in the 7-Zip Plug-In.
- The 7-Zip Plug-In now has an option to force the use of all CPU cores during the creation of a 7-Zip archive.
- The 7-Zip Plug-In now retains advanced settings such as password usage and header encryption even when using a command line override.
- The default compression profiles for 7-Zip have been updated to leverage the above enhancements as befitting their intended compression grades.
- The self-extractor stubs shipping with the 7-Zip Plug-In have been updated to the latest 7-Zip version.
- DiskZIP Max now redirects to use partner Orontes Project's data deduplication services installer, when those services are missing.
- DiskZIP Max now disables scheduled data deduplication operation when creating and processing data deduplication drives. This ensures that live data may be safely stored on data deduplicated drives (such as virtual machines, which are extremely compressible).
- DiskZIP Offline no longer excludes files already contained inside a compressed image file due to low disk space conditions (such files are already safe to include).
- DiskZIP Offline now offers to skip disk checking before processing a disk when disk checking cannot be conducted successfully due to operating system updates.
- DiskZIP Offline reminds you to plug in your PC only when you are running on battery power.
- DiskZIP Offline now shows drive labels only when processing disks (drive letters are subject to temporary reorganization upon reboot).
- DiskZIP Offline now warns when it may be unsafe to process your disk without a Backup Disk (as may happen in extremely low disk space scenarios).
- DiskZIP Online now waits for the operating system to finish compressing files when invoked by DiskZIP Offline in exclusive processing mode (not waiting resulted in marginal loss of compression savings).
- DiskZIP Online now enforces a group of file exclusions to safely compress Windows 10 disks when using the XPRESS8K and XPRESS16K compression grades (the lack of which resulted in unbootable systems).
- DiskZIP Online no longer defaults to skip compressing files without the archive attribute set (this resulted in substantial loss of compresssion savings).
- DiskZIP Integrator saves the corrupted list of files to disk when it finishes checking a disk for corruption.
- The Shell Namespace Extension now properly calculates compression ratios for files inside archives.
- The Shell Namespace Extension no longer appends an incorrect " bytes" string to each file size text.
- The Shell Namespace Extension fixes a couple of stability issues which resulted in unintentional restarts of Windows File Explorer.

It was perfect timing on your report! Thank you very much once again.

ZIPmagic is also in the process of being updated; I will drop a note here when its ready. Could be the weekend, or later next week at the very latest.

Wishing you a great weekend!
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Re: [Solved] Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby admin » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:58 am

ZIPmagic version 17.00 is also now live with the following updates:

- Maximum compression strings in the command line override region of the 7-Zip Plug-In have been updated.
- BZIP2, GZIP, and ZIP archive types now have access to Ultra, Fast, and Fastest compression presets in the 7-Zip Plug-In.
- CPU access priorities are now enforced in the 7-Zip Plug-In.
- The 7-Zip Plug-In now has an option to force the use of all CPU cores during the creation of a 7-Zip archive.
- The 7-Zip Plug-In now retains advanced settings such as password usage and header encryption even when using a command line override.
- The default compression profiles for 7-Zip have been updated to leverage the above enhancements as befitting their intended compression grades.
- The self-extractor stubs shipping with the 7-Zip Plug-In have been updated to the latest 7-Zip version.
- Stacker now redirects to use partner Orontes Project's data deduplication services installer, when those services are missing.
- Stacker now disables scheduled data deduplication operation when creating and processing data deduplication drives. This ensures that live data may be safely stored on data deduplicated drives (such as virtual machines, which are extremely compressible).
- DoubleSpace no longer excludes files already contained inside a compressed image file due to low disk space conditions (such files are already safe to include).
- DoubleSpace now offers to skip disk checking before processing a disk when disk checking cannot be conducted successfully due to operating system updates.
- DoubleSpace reminds you to plug in your PC only when you are running on battery power.
- DoubleSpace now shows drive labels only when processing disks (drive letters are subject to temporary reorganization upon reboot).
- DoubleSpace now warns when it may be unsafe to process your disk without a Backup Disk (as may happen in extremely low disk space scenarios).
- DriveSpace now waits for the operating system to finish compressing files when invoked by DoubleSpace in exclusive processing mode (not waiting resulted in marginal loss of compression savings).
- DriveSpace now enforces a group of file exclusions to safely compress Windows 10 disks when using the XPRESS8K and XPRESS16K compression grades (the lack of which resulted in unbootable systems).
- DriveSpace no longer defaults to skip compressing files without the archive attribute set (this resulted in substantial loss of compresssion savings).
- Lempel-Ziv-Simon Integrator saves the corrupted list of files to disk when it finishes checking a disk for corruption.
- The Shell Namespace Extension now properly calculates compression ratios for files inside archives.
- The Shell Namespace Extension no longer appends an incorrect " bytes" string to each file size text.
- The Shell Namespace Extension fixes a couple of stability issues which resulted in unintentional restarts of Windows File Explorer.

Please download and enjoy at your leisure! :D
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Re: Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby ronald739 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:30 am

My apologies for late reply. I have been ill (flu) and was in bed for a few days.

admin wrote:Do you have any observations on the compression ratio, in contrast to the weaker X4K setting?

Maybe X4K might actually outperform X8K and/or X16K on a clean OS installation only, because of the new exclusions?

As to the two questions, these are both above my pay grade, but system booted as normal.

I have secured a ZIPmagic Server key for you, in appreciation of your efforts - please contact me to get your key!

Thank you. If at all possible could the key be changed to the "Consumer Edition" as i don't own a Windows Server ?

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Re: [Solved] Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby admin » Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:56 pm

You don't need a Server to run the Server Edition (although, you would need a Server Edition to run on a Server). It also allows you to exclude certain file types from compression with DriveSpace, which might come in handy. All the same though, your existing ZIPmagic key will work with the existing 17.0 Consumer release, so if you'd rather hold off the Server Edition, just upgrade using your existing key.

Glad to hear you're feeling better and thanks again for the feedback. It made it just in time to be included and certified with the latest release.
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Re: [Solved] Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby ronald739 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:47 pm

PM sent.
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Re: [Solved] Imaging and Partitioning with ZipMagic

Postby admin » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:59 pm

Reply sent!

BTW, we've just issued a point update with the following fixes:

- DoubleSpace: Now permits you to change compression grades when re-compressing your disk using a Backup Disk.
- ZIPmagic File Compression: Right-click extraction for archives could be delayed by cached network paths, now fixed.
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