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[[Image:stacker2 box.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Stacker 2.0]]
 
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Stacker was a program from STAC electronics that featured the lZS compression algorithm that was known for being pretty fast.
 
  
Stacker would create a file on your disk, then present that file as a virtual disk that your programs could run.  Stacker could even compress your 'c' drive then swap the virtual D/C at runtime.  The big limitation of stacker is that it only dealt with the FAT filesystem, and the largest compressed volume thusly could be 2GB.  Stacker was big when hard disks were typically well under a gigabyte, and were very costly to replace, esp in laptops.
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'''Stacker''' was a program from STAC electronics that featured the lZS compression algorithm that was known for being pretty fast.
  
There even was a version of Stacker for OS/2, although it still was limited to FAT disks, and the installation required the OS/2 operating system be on a FAT disk.
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Stacker would create a [[file]] on your [[disk]], then present that file as a virtual disk that your programs could run.  Stacker could even compress your 'c' drive then swap the virtual D/C at runtime.  The big limitation of stacker is that it only dealt with the FAT [[file system]], and the largest compressed volume thusly could be 2GB.  Stacker was big when hard disks were typically well under a gigabyte, and were very costly to replace, esp in [[lap-top]]s.
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There even was a version of Stacker for [[OS/2]], although it still was limited to FAT disks, and the installation required the OS/2 [[operating system]] be on a FAT disk.
  
 
Stacker was eventually bypassed by Microsoft DOS 6's doublespace, then NTFS v3's ability to compress folders.
 
Stacker was eventually bypassed by Microsoft DOS 6's doublespace, then NTFS v3's ability to compress folders.
  
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Latest revision as of 15:35, 21 October 2018

Stacker 2.0

Stacker was a program from STAC electronics that featured the lZS compression algorithm that was known for being pretty fast.

Stacker would create a file on your disk, then present that file as a virtual disk that your programs could run. Stacker could even compress your 'c' drive then swap the virtual D/C at runtime. The big limitation of stacker is that it only dealt with the FAT file system, and the largest compressed volume thusly could be 2GB. Stacker was big when hard disks were typically well under a gigabyte, and were very costly to replace, esp in lap-tops.

There even was a version of Stacker for OS/2, although it still was limited to FAT disks, and the installation required the OS/2 operating system be on a FAT disk.

Stacker was eventually bypassed by Microsoft DOS 6's doublespace, then NTFS v3's ability to compress folders.