Q: Transparent data compression on CDROM

Wolfgang Schechinger wgschech at med.uni-tuebingen.de
Sun Oct 4 14:20:27 EST 1998


Hi all, 
I hope this is not too much off topic, but I've got a question on 
storing image data aquired with a confocal microscope. 

I'd like to archive bulky image data on CDROM. These files 
(typically 100-200 MByte) may be copmpressed 5 to 10 times in size, 
and I'd like to store as much data as possible on one CD.

One way would be craeting a zip file that then is burned on the 
CDROM.

But I'd prefer a solution where the user does not need to deal with 
zip files (and extract the files to a harddisk when working with 
them) but just inserts the CDROM an has full access to the compressed 
data. This probably means that I have to generate a file containing 
the compressed data before transferring it onto the CDROM. This file 
then would be recognized as a read-only-disk (or similar) by a device 
driver resulting in transparent access to the image data.

Our system is running under Windows NT4, but I'd prefer a solution 
that would run under LINUX, too. 

Any ideas?`

Wolfgang
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Wolfgang Schechinger         
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