File Archivers


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I searched for a thread dedicated to file archivers, but I couldn't find one.
So, this thread is dedicated to all things about file archivers.

There are numerous file archivers available for use in Windows. Some are free, and some not.
The two file archivers that I always install are WinRAR and 7-Zip.
I use WinRAR most of the time, but when I'm looking for more compression to produce a smaller file size, I use 7-Zip.

What is your preferred file archiver?
Do you use a third party file archiver or just the built-in Windows functionality?

For reference, here is a list of file archivers compiled by Wikipedia.
 

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I use WinRAR and 7zip as well ^_^
 

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I have switched to the Nanazip for 5 reasons:

1. It was the first one to support Windows 11's context menu.
2. 7-zip stable had not updated for years, it does now, but slowly.
3. It is within the store, so it auto updates itself (via winget as well).
4. It is basically just 7-zip with the new name, so it is like using 7zip.
5. Encryption, since file encryption software is virtually nonexistent.
 
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I searched for a thread dedicated to file archivers, but I couldn't find one.
So, this thread is dedicated to all things about file archivers.

There are numerous file archivers available for use in Windows. Some are free, and some not.
The two file archivers that I always install are WinRAR and 7-Zip.
I use WinRAR most of the time, but when I'm looking for more compression to produce a smaller file size, I use 7-Zip.

What is your preferred file archiver?
Do you use a third party file archiver or just the built-in Windows functionality?

For reference, here is a list of file archivers compiled by Wikipedia.
For creating archives, Windows is fine. For unarchiving files, it is fine for most, but sometimes you need to use say 7 zip. I tend to install whatever too I need and then uninstall it afterwards. These tools tend to clutter up context menus.

More accurately, I create an incremental backup using paid version of Reflect, install the unarchiver, do the job (unarchiving to my data drive), the restore the incremental backup.

This is better (imo) than straight install/uninstall as it totally eliminates all the garbage of hangovers of the archivers in explorer context menus etc.
It is always a good plant to make a backup first, and then it only takes about a minute to restore such an incremental on paid version of Reflect due to Rapid Delta Restore.

Incidentally, I use (paid) version of Peflect for archiving files and folders if I need to compress data for my backup purposes. I use windows zip functionality, if I am sending data to others.

It has been years since I used self extracting archives - if emailing them, most firewalls/email systems just bounce them.
 

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I use 7zip, but I'm going to give Nanazip a try as per @TairikuOkami's suggestion.
 

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There are numerous archiving apps in the Windows Store.
A lot of them get bad reviews and don't appear to offer anything more than what I'm using now. In fact, they offer less.

@TairikuOkami Nanazip may be the best of the Windows Store archivers. And as you said, it's a fork of 7-Zip.
The only thing with open source forks, you never know how long it will be supported.
 

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I use 7-zip too. Never had a need that 7-zip couldn't solve. I don't mind the bare bones appearance as long as it is fully functional.

I do quite a bit of research to find the best app for my requirements, and then keep it installed. I find it foolish to install/ uninstall apps that I use frequently.
 

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PeaZip Portable, when I need it.
 

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I use 7-Zip installed in the default location .

My computer is a "desktop". The C (SSD) drive uses Bitlocker, and my D "data" (HHD) drive uses one of the 3rd party encryption programs. There is also another HHD that holds my backups.

Some of my files are backed up one for one to the backup drive like music and photos, but my personal "data" and the Appdata/Roaming folder are also copied to the backup drive as they are written, but ENCRYPTED.

There is a great program called CryptSync that is easy to use. You point to a folder you want to copy from (my data and Appdata/Roaming) and tell it where you want to copy it to and specify a password. CryptSync will monitor those folders and copy and encrypt those folders to the destination. It is basically a shell for 7-Zip and was designed to monitor certain folders and make secure versions before they are backed up to the cloud, but I use it to copy to my backup drive .

CryptSync works fairly seamlessly and fast. If the original drive fails, I now have a backup on the backup drive (but it is encrypted) and just reinstall CryptSync and do a one time reverse of the procedure. Without my passwords, no one will be able to access my working or backed up data.

CryptSync keeps the folder structure and you can not only encrypt the files, but the file names too. (I don't in case I want to recover just one file). You can also tell it to use the extension .7zip or .cryptsync. I use the latter as it may not be so obvious if someone was trying figure out how to open them.

If you back up files to a drive or the cloud, I recommend this program.

 
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