Secure Data as a Bulk File Store.
One of the ways I'm using Secure Data is to store a few hundred books in one
sdat database file. This lets my carry them on the eBookMan which I don't
believe would be practical to do otherwise. All the books are arranged in
a directory tree structure, divided up by category & author, and when I've read
a book I can use the virtual delete function to remove it.
To set this up you basically create a directory tree on your local hard drive
of all the files you want to put into an sdat file. Once you are done you
run "sdcode -pr book b c:\mybooks\*" which will create a "book.sdat" file with a
copy of the entire file collection (stored under the key "b"). You
could also supply the "-c" flag which would compress the files, but for large
book files I don't bother as they only compress around 10% and it slows the
extract procedure on the eBookMan down quite a bit.
The current book.sdat file I'm using 73MB in size, and it is working well.
Here is a sample file that has around 3 books in it so you can get a better idea
if you want.
Sample smbooks.dat file (use the login key of "b").