How to Compress Raw Files

By Nasim Bey

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Raw files are images that have yet to be processed into a lossy image format, such as JPEG or BMP. Raws are typically heavy, and users may want to compress them into a zip folder to create backups, free up hard drive space or save on an external storage device. Windows allows users to compress their raw files through Windows Explorer.


Step 1

Open the raw image file's directory in Windows Explorer.

Step 2

Right-click the raw image file to open the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Select "Send to" from the drop-down menu. Click "Compressed (zipped) folder." The raw image file will be compressed into a zip folder in the file's directory.