I just compressed 11.6GB of data on my hard drive into a 4GB zip file using Windows XP Compressed Folders, and deleted the original data. I then found that the 4GB zip file is corrupt. Is this simply because it is too large for Windows to handle correctly? this has never happened to me before.
I was alerted to the issue when I tried to copy the zip file from my hard drive (NTFS) to an empty 16GB memory stick (FAT32) - it said that the empty drive was full.
I would like to understand whether this is just a random occurrence, or some fundamental limit. That will drive my choice of how I recover the data.