I've received a link to a large file (2 GB) in Google Drive. I know the file has a very high compression ratio, and my internet connection is really slow.
Is there any way to zip the file before downloading it?
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You can't zip single files, but if you download multiple files at once Google will zip all of the files.
Easiest option is to select your large file, then Ctrl+Click (Cmd+Click on Mac) on a second file, and right click either file and select "Download". Google will then take an astronomical amount of time to process the two files and eventually let you download a zip of the two files.