7-Zip Reviews

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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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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Free and lightweight and gives all the options - perfect

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Using it for I don't know how many years and it's never failed me
Super light and easy to use

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No recovery/parity

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

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RAR5 support!

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Finally with the latest beta version (15.06) it can even handle RAR5 files. :)

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Best archive manager

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Free, open source, powerful. 7z is an awesome format! What else do you need?

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No more unpaid software

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At the end we did it :)

agree!! :)

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Awesome? That's it.

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What a great tool. Very handy with plenty of compressed files. Minimal interface, many options, no belles and whistles.

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The Best

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No other like it, just does what it is suppose to do!

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Yes.

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  1. Good compression ratio
  2. Opens almost anything
  3. Free. What more could you ask for?

What more? I'd ask for jpeg bug fix for the start...

Maybe you can provide detail about this bug?

Opening an image in archive leads to this:
"Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because either the picture is deleted, or it's in a location that isn't available."

Last time i tried with WinRAR i ended up with a similar message. If you really want to open the jpg then assign an alternative image viewer like XNView for example. It works.

I bet that it's not only a 7-zip problem since XNView works.

try haozip

+1 to bugs in 7zip at Windows 8. Problems with temp folders, file associations... I'm changing to another software.

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The best free alternative to WinRAR

about 7-Zip and WinRAR · · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful

Great program, all of it's features allowed me to remove WinRAR. It will extract from multi-part RAR files. You just need to right click on the first .RAR file and tell it to extract. It will automatically extract through the rest.
For a free alternative I can't find a better solution.

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