7-Zip Reviews

No recovery/parity

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No recovery/parity. There needs to be improvements for long term archiving.

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7zip hands down is the best compression and decompression software I have ever used

It is light, offers multiple features, and best of all, free.

I have never had to find another compression software since installing it.
Highly recommend.

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Solid block size

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Can specify solid block size for compression. This feature is missing in WinRAR, which can create only fully solid or non-solid archives.
It's very useful when you need to pack many small files into single archive with good compression rate (which cannot be done without making archive solid in case of lot small files), but retain ability to quickly extract arbitary file. In this mode, files are grouped into blocks of given size, so you don't need to skip entire archive to get the file in the end, you just need to skip from beginning of the file's block.

[Edited by SagePtr, July 19]

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Like many...

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I was a WinRAR user for years and 7-Zip is not only superior but completely free!

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I was a winrar fanatic

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I have switched from winrar to this and its great.

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hands down best archiver, would be better if it were fully multiplatform.

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Nice, free and open source awesome.

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It handles also RAR5, it got also a stable x64 ver...

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It handles dozens of formats (included RAR5), it got also a stable x64 version, and the compression time (or rate) improves with every release. I love it!

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Open source software that is easy to use, doesn't contain any kind of malware or bundleware, translated to many languages. Many options and settings how to add files to archive.

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Free and open source - what more could you ask for. Just needs to support more operating systems and it will get the last star.

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Most Popular Open Source File Archiver, with most archive file support, Faster and more compression than winRAR

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Free, Open Source, High compression ratio, Much More Supported formats and only 1 word Legendary :D

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Essential !!!

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If you still have doubts about this gem, just notice its number of "Likes" compared to those of the next competitor: WinRAR.

This is an essential part of the Freeware / OpenSource suite of applications that I always install and use on my PC.

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7Zip is really awesome

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I see a few comments about users coming from winrar and switching over to 7zip. We are one of those too.

7zip may show as unfriendly until you show the users that they can right click and use 7zip from the right click menu.

7zip can also extract many compressed file and has decent compression ratio. Its compression ratio though is not as good as windrar's compression ratio. If the compression ratio is not of a concern, then 7zip is perfect especially for the cost.

7zip also has a command line interface which means you can do quite a bit of automation. This is something for more advanced users.

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