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Author Topic: WinRAR alternative  (Read 2590 times)


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WinRAR alternative
« on: August 08, 2007, 05:13:52 PM »

I got stuck the other day trying to open a .RAR file on a PC, who did not have a compatible program to open it with, then found this on the net and the best part of it is "it's FREE"
It's simply called "7z442" which is a RAR type file extractor.

It can be downloaded from here:-

Sorry but for some reason I could not get the hyperlink facility to work properly, so you will have to copy and paste the address, it is there.
Okay, the link seems to be working now....
« Last Edit: August 08, 2007, 05:33:19 PM by oldfogy »


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Re: WinRAR alternative
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007, 07:24:08 PM »

looks quite good.  :)

A few other formats it supports and some more info

High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL
Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB
For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
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Re: WinRAR alternative
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007, 05:36:02 PM »

I thought that those 'in the know' would have already been aware of 7zip. I've had it for some time now.

Try setting up a flash drive with portable apps to carry around - very useful. I have Clamwin (av), Open Office, Firefox, 7zip, and even a modified version of SpyBot S&D all on one drive.

I have my own 'home page' on the drive which is basically a web site of all my useful sites.

Space left to create a few documents on the fly too.