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Comment by JonM33
about WinRAR · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Great program but it isn't free. It certainly isn't worth the cost that RarLab is asking for.

Comment by peterstaack
about WinRAR · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

I too continue to use WinRAR due to a long-standing familiarity with the program. It hasn't failed me yet, since I first started using it in 1994. I can still open archives that are 10+ years old, even some that were corrupted if they had a recovery record (better yet, if they had PAR2 parity files). The command line feature is extensively utilized for a lot of my backup jobs, and I don't see myself switching from WinRAR any time soon.

However, if I HAD to switch, 7Zip is also quite good. I'm also starting to take a liking to ALZip (and portable variants), especially for my less-tech-savvy clients.


We use Rar when archiving computer forensic jobs. Zips are too fragile. When you absolutely need to not lose data, Rar with recovery record is the best I have found. We had many problems with huge zip files. They would get corrupted very easily. We store many huge Rar files (over 50GB) per case and have had no issues with corruption. We paid for 25 licenses, but the demo never stops working. I also use it personally at home.

@7tisix : Use better archiver for compression (7ZIP for example) and then protect the archive with MultiPar. You can achieve better compression and/or have more resilience for the same size. Reconstruction of a damaged PAR set is really impressive. And all this is free, and even portable if required.

Comment by alirezanet
about WinRAR · Jul 2019 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

it's Free (kind of :)) and very powerful

Comment by DevilishVicious
about WinRAR · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Well, been using it for years now, in those days there were no viable alternatives, but today a lot has changed and that is no longer the case. In spite of that, I find myself still using it, even when it's not free. If you take into account all it's features, things like, the extensive file support, the themes support, the main interface and other options, it still is a great piece of software. It should be cheaper, that's a given, but personally I can´t use anything else. Call me old fashioned :P

Comment by Alcedema
about WinRAR · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The one thing that I need this for is the ability to extract all files needed when running an executable from within an archive. This allows the program to run with all files local and available to it rather than just executing the one file.


i use cmd line for auto backups of documents, winrar makes ir incremental with up to 20 versions, its a very cool mufti-functional archiver