I have an external disk that I am using to archive old files (Movies, photos, various files, fonts). I also have copy of the drive stashed away. These are things that I may want to have, but do not want to take up space with the new iMac that has limited space. And just cleaning up to simplify my life as it turns out these things are repeatedly saved over various disks.
The main question I have, is “Is it safer to save some of the files as ZIP files, or should I save them all as their original format?” I realize that the zip is just a condensed archive, but if it becomes corrupted, I may lose multiple files. On the other hand, drive space.
I do plan to move the files to new “discs” as things wear out and storage “improves” but want to start off in the best situation. Zip or no Zip?