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Thread poster: Heike Behl, Ph.D.

Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:37
Member (2003)
English to German
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Aug 6, 2004

Has this ever happened to you?

I downloaded a zip file of almost 10 MB with 35 files from a client's ftp site. I was also given a list of files to be translated and I saw that I was missing 5 files. I enquired about the missing files and was told that they were indeed included in the original zip file and they could download the zip file without problems. A second download had the same files missing. I then asked the client to e-mail me these five files separately. The zip file arrived - empty! Only e-mailing unzipped files finally delivered these files to my computer.
The first thing that happened after opening the first of these file (word) was a system crash. But after that everything worked fine.

Does anyone have any idea what might have caused this problem?


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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:37
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Use WinZip Aug 6, 2004

ZIP built into XP does not recognize all compression methods used by WinZip and in the old Microsoft tradition does not inform you about it.

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Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:37
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Thanks! Aug 6, 2004

That exactly was the problem. Now I see all files.
Well, yet another aspect where MS proves utterly unreliable.


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