Sounds like you need a BLOB field. You may want to compress the files before storing them (maybe using GZIP).
Joined: Jan 03, 2011
Is GZIP used to decompress the .tar files? Cause I have tried using Zip, but it didnt work on the .tar files.
Joined: Mar 22, 2005
GZIP -just like ZIP- is a compression and decompression method. Both work fine for TARs if you do it right. TAR itself is not compressed, just archived. The Commons Compress library (http://commons.apache.org/compress/) has everything you need to make working with TARs as easy as working with ZIP/GZIP.