I have been going through these archives in an effort to preserve them. One thing I noticed was that the files are considerably bloated. This a mix of things. File formats that are outdated, older versions of photoshop, duplicates of the same files, and a healthy amount of junk.
I began with 41.9gb worth of materials.
#1 first step was combining all these torrents onto one folder called "Acclaim Archives"
#2 Running a scan for exact duplicates of the same file. Same name/size I removed any duplicates
#3 removal of the garbage 0kb files and empty directories.
#4 converting the bloated and outdated TIFF format images to comparable PNG files of the same quality.
#5 Updating the decade old photoshop files to newer, better, more compressed photoshop formats of today.
#6 updating the outdated quark QXD files to the newer quark QXP format. No loss, better compression.
#7 updated the outdated video files to current day standards.
The work isn't done as of yet, but I have managed to compress 41.9GB down to 26.7GB. I still have more stuff to update, it's not nearly finished.
I still need to:
#1 finish the PSD file updates
#2 finish updating the QXDs to QXPs
#3 check the text and document files to see what can be shrunk
#4 7z the entire thing and see how small I can get it. I'll keep you updated as I get further or finish.