File size vs Actual Size

Hi,

I am writing an app for a mobile type device running windows CE, using embedded visual C++. I need to copy files from the PC to the mobile device. There is about 8000 files, but each one is very small.

The problem is that even though they are small, the size on disk (block size) x 8000 means that I run out of space on the mobile device.

Is there any way around this? I am using normal text files.
Would a binary file be smaller?

Thanks,

John
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alb66Commented:
Pack some file together in order to have less bigger files
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
8000 binary files would still require 8000 blocks of space.  Can you get at a 'zip' library of some kind to create one (or a few) files that contain the individual text files.
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JSMCMAuthor Commented:
Hi thanks... I can't zip, but will use binary files (record based) and have a type of index file so I can locate records... at the moment, each file represents one record.

Anyway, thanks for your input
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pgnatyukCommented:
Another option - make one long file and an index file near it saying from which position begins new portion of the text and its size.
It will be better if the long file will be the binary and will contain the compressed text blocks.
 
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