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    Question Is this right? 4.4 GB folder compressed to 898 MB?

    I am trying to make a backup of a folder which size is 4.4GB, this folder also contains subfolders that I need to backup, so I just figured I could tar the entire folder like this:

    Code:
    tar cvzf backup.tar.gz foldertobackup
    Which yields a 898 MB file.

    Can the compressing really be that good? I suspect something isn't being backed up here, how can I find out?

    thanks for the help!
    Last edited by X1R1; September 7th, 2012 at 10:49 PM.
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