Share this Page URL

Chapter 6. Using My Computer to Fiddle w... > Workaday File and Folder Maintenance - Pg. 70

Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders 70 Good question. You can get part of the answer by looking at the Recycle Bin icon on your Windows XP desktop. It looks like a garbage can, and that's sort of what the Recycle Bin is. Think about it: If you toss a piece of paper in the garbage, there's nothing to stop you from reaching in and pulling it back out. The Recycle Bin operates the same way: It's really just a special hidden folder (called Recycled) on your hard disk. When you delete a file, Windows XP actually moves the file into the Recycled folder. So restoring a file is a simple matter of "reaching into" the folder and "pulling out" the file. The Recycle Bin handles all this for you (and even returns your file sans wrinkles and coffee grounds). However, just like when you hand your trash out to the garbage man, after you empty the Recycle Bin (covered later), there is no retrieving the lost files. Creating a Compressed Folder When you download files from the Internet, they often arrive as ZIP files. These are compressed archive files that contain one or more files that have been compressed for faster downloading. In Windows XP, a ZIP file is called a compressed folder . Why a "folder"? Because a ZIP file contains one or more files, just like a regular folder. As you'll see, this makes it easy to deal with the files within the ZIP, and it enables Windows XP to offer a few useful compression and decompression features. To create a ZIP file, there are two methods you can use: · Select the items you want to store in the ZIP file and then run the File, Send To, Compressed (Zipped) Folder command. Windows XP creates a ZIP file with the same name as the first se- lected file. · Create a new, empty ZIP file by running the File, New Compressed (Zipped) Folder command. Windows XP creates a new ZIP file with an active text box. Edit the name and press Enter. You can then drag the files you want to archive and drop them on the ZIP file's icon. To see what's inside a ZIP file, double-click it. Windows XP opens the file as a folder that the files within the ZIP in the ListView panel. From here, use the following techniques to work with the ar- chived files: · To extract some of the files, select them, drag them out of the compressed folder, and then drop them on the destination folder. · To extract all of the files, select them and then drag and drop them on the destination. Alterna- tively, select File, Extract All (or click the WebView panel's Extract all files icon) to launch the Extraction Wizard. Click Next and then click Browse to select a destination for the extracted files. Finally, click Next to extract the files. In the next wizard dialog box, activate the Show extracted files check box to open a window for the destination folder (this is optional), and then click Finish. "Burning" Files to a CD-R or CD-RW Disc NEW! CD-ROM drives are great, but the ROM part stands for "read-only memory," which means that you can't use them to, say, create your own audio CDs or make a backup copy of a CD-ROM. If you're interested in doing these things, then what you need is a CD-R drive. Unlike a CD-ROM, a CD-R disc can accept new data (the "R" stands for "recordable"). Since this process is called burning data to the disc, these drives are also called CD burners. The problem with a CD-R disc is that you can only write to it once. So even though the disc is capable of holding about 600MB of data, if you write just 1MB and stop, that's all you'll be able to write to the disc. A better system is the newer CD-RW drive. The "RW" is short for "ReWritable" and it means that you can write to a CD-RW disc, stop, and then come back later and write some more. This makes CD-RW drives great for making backups of your work. Note, however, that most CD-ROM and CD-R drives can't understand CD-RW discs.