Z ‐ Data Recovery Glossary Zip – To compress a chosen file into an archive so that it occupies less disk space. Zip archive – An archive of one or more Zip‐compressed files. When used as a noun, Zip is usually capitalized. Compressed files can come in many formats besides Zip. Zip file – A Zip archive that Windows presents as a single file. In general, the contents cannot be accessed unless the archive is decompressed. Zoned Recording – Increases the number of sectors on the outer tracks of the drive since the circumference of the outside tracks is greater. This type of recording affords more disk capacity because there can be more sectors on the larger outer tracks than would be possible if the number of sectors per track were constant for the whole drive.