I want to copy a number of large files that will compress well from a mapped drive to my local hard drive. Will zipping the files make the overall processing time shorter?
What I am thinking is, can the zip program zip the files on the mapped drive or does it need to pull the files to memory (that is locally) to zip them? This will result in the files being copied across the network 3 times - once to get the raw file to zip, once to put the zipped file back on the mapped drive, and the once to copy the zipped file back again. If this is the case am I better off just copying the files across uncompressed?
My other option is to remote into a server which is geographically close to the drive I am mapping, and zip it from there, then come back to my local pc and copy the zipped files.