If you are running out of storage space on your hard drive, you can easily recover a lot of space by using WinRAR. The file compression utility excels at making RAR archives, which often are a lot less smaller in terms of disk size of the original files which you used to create the archive. So, you can imagine how many GBs of storage space, you can save by compressing files that you won’t use everyday.
WinRAR is capable of creating RAR4 and ZIP archives, and you can also pack files into an SFX archive.
The latter is a special format, which allows the archive to be uncompressed on computers which don’t have WinRAR. The various compression levels available in WinRAR, helps you control the resultant file size of the archive.
Depending on what you plan to do with the archive, you can choose a higher level of compression. And if the file which you want to compress is too large, you can use the multiarchive option, to create a set of smaller archives which when extracted together, will contain the file which you split. This method is especially useful, if you are burning your data on to DVDs, or sharing files over email.
You can add multimedia files in WinRAR, and the application will automatically compress the data to a smaller disk size, while maintaining the original quality of the media.
Another advantage in using WinRAR is the user-friendliness of the program. The Wizard mode can be useful for new users to learn how to use the application. For the more tech savvy, there is a cool command line scanner, and a context menu item which can be used anywhere in Windows File Explorer.
WinRAR can be used to open and extract several other archive file formats including 7z, CAB, ACE, Z, XZ, ISO, ARJ, JAR, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2. You can lock the archives with a 256 bit encryption security built-in to the program, to prevent hackers or other people can’t open it to steal your data.
If you have a corrupted archive, don’t delete it. Try opening it with WinRAR, and you can probably salvage some of the data from it.