- recovery records to be able to recover from mild bit rot
- support for more NTFS attributes and features (saving alternate streams, security records, turning hard links into links, etc)
- can do useful things with the archive attribute of files if you so desire (archiving only files with the attribute set, clearing the attribute after, optionally deleting them)
- better GUI (7zip UI is an incomplete WinRAR clone)
- when selecting multiple archives, you can extract each to their own subfolder with a single command
Overall WinRAR is the much more solid archival tool. If all you need is something to decompress archives WinRAR isn't too different from 7zip, but has a slightly nicer UX.
Not a huge issue, but I can see someone who installed 7zip, think didn't worked and then install WinRAR.
“Using Recovery Record slightly increases the size of your .rar files, but it helps to recover data should your file become corrupted by a virus, bad disc, etc. The larger recovery record allows you to restore a bigger damaged area, but increases the size of the archive and the process is slower."
The floppies often had issues, so a single corrupted byte would normally corrupt the downloaded files (especially images and binaries) but with 10% or 20% of recovery data written in a non-damaged place, it could manage to un-rar.
If you're curious how this works: say you have some data like below:
Also, from what I read in the comments and tweets, a lot of people who bought the licence did it more as a "thank you for all this year where we could use it for free"
And finally, as it was a promotion, the guy(s ?) at the end of the email adress had to make the links one by one and didn't had enough times to reply to all demands. If they'd planed it, with a dedicated page, I think the result could have been huge
Or doing the opposite, selecting many folders and telling winrar to create a .RAR file from each folder.
Which the Winrar people agreed to: https://9gag.com/gag/aeQywvq
It was a game changer in the days you would split a larger file into chucks the size of a 1.44MB floppy disk or several 650MB CDs. WinRAR made that process less of a headache for the non-tech-savvy user.
Same with WinACE which also dominated the scene for a while.
Uh, a friend told me.
Yeah, with a risk of trojans. The usual advice then (as now) was to open that self-extractor up in the decompressor (WinRar/7zip) and manually extract it that way instead of letting it run itself.
Saving 25% compression vs zip/gzip on your 500 MB of code/text files doesn't matter anymore in 2023, all the files we really want to compress are already compressed (media files)
It’s nice. I got it in a cheap Mac software bundle many moons ago and ended up upgrading to the latest version. Daily driver as far as GUI is concerned.
What is the "it" in this case? If you mean WinRAR, no, it is made by a German company. 7-Zip's lead developer, however, is Russian.