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How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
« on: November 13, 2007, 05:21:46 PM »
Q: How do I open a A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, or ZOO file?

A: In order to open most of these file types, you must have an archive program.
Archive programs will usually not only open these types of files, but will allow you to create them.
One archive program that I suggest using is IZarc.
Download/read about here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_izarc/

Other archive programs may work better on some systems. If you have a problem using IZarc, see a list of alternatives here:
http://www.filehippo.com/software/compression/

Other note:
Windows ME, 2000, 2003, XP, and Vista can all read .ZIP files, as they have their own built in ZIP Archive program.

Why would I use an archive?
Archives are usually used for two reasons:
They keep entire groups of folders and files in one file, so they can be downloaded and shared easily.
Archives often contain compression features, allowing you to make grouped files smaller than they originally were.

Are there any cons from using an Archive?

The two biggest cons of using archives for storage are:
Being able to open it on all computers. Not all computers have archive software on them. Most operating systems handle .ZIP archives, but many will not handle archives like .RAR, or .ISO (Linux being an exception)
Using compression with archives can take time. The more you compress a file, the longer it will take to compress it in the first place, and the longer it will take for the next person to decompress it.


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    Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
    « Reply #1 on: August 23, 2008, 05:00:32 PM »
    One should scan for bugs before attempting to open files!

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    Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
    « Reply #2 on: August 23, 2008, 08:50:20 PM »
    Good point, Merlin. Especially if you have downloaded these files from an unknown source, file sharing website, P2P program or even given to you from your friend.

    Many bugs live in these files.

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    Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
    « Reply #3 on: January 25, 2009, 08:50:07 PM »
    yes yes yes ALWAYS scan. i always see people get infectons from just not caring or giveing the time to scan *censored* even i did that once and i regerted it

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      Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
      « Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009, 08:43:07 AM »
      Why not use winrar?

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      Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
      « Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009, 09:01:14 AM »
      That's one of the available programs.

      The one I prefer is 7-Zip.

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        Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
        « Reply #6 on: January 31, 2009, 09:10:55 AM »
        I prefer winrar, I'm more used to it.

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        Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
        « Reply #7 on: January 31, 2009, 09:14:57 AM »
        PowerArchiver 2009.
        I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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        Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
        « Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009, 06:12:52 PM »
        Why not use winrar?
        One biggest reason:
        Its nagware...

        Sure, its free, but, if your like me, and have points where you end up opening countless ZIP archives all at once for some process that must be done by cyber-hand, it just takes too long to click that "Continue" button.


        I never really tried out 7-Zip though.

        The biggest reason I liked IZArc:
        It opens so many archives, and it doesnt require starting up with your PC, and its minimal enough that I can use it without having to search through countless buttons.

        Older versions of WinRAR (I havent used an updated one in years) had countless unlabeled buttons in the program.

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          Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
          « Reply #9 on: February 01, 2009, 07:38:28 PM »
          Alright maybe I'll try it out then. Sounds good.

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          Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
          « Reply #10 on: February 02, 2009, 07:00:50 PM »
          whats the diffrence arent they all the same?

          (i dont know much about compresson)

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          Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
          « Reply #11 on: February 03, 2009, 12:06:43 AM »
          PKZIP/PKUNZIP/PKZIPFIX
          I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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          Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
          « Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 09:50:40 PM »
          PKZIP/PKUNZIP/PKZIPFIX
          Talk about complicated  : P


          whats the diffrence arent they all the same?
          In my opinion, there should only be one.
          However, thats not possible.

          Someone decided, "Hey! I want to make my own!" and so, they did. Each one thinks its the best. I really dont think there is a "best" one.

          There are some honest improvements, some are improvements of old versions or other programs. I think you will find that most are really the same. Some were made so they could be for free though.


          Tarball files are like zipped folders without the compression, much more common in Linux.

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          Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
          « Reply #13 on: February 04, 2009, 02:23:11 AM »
          PKZIP/PKUNZIP/PKZIPFIX
          Talk about complicated  : P

          Pkunzip is fairly straightforward. Pkunzip file.zip -d usually does it.

          Zipping files is a bit more a pain, but still not beyond grasp- pkzip /eX C:\windows\system\*.INI INIS.ZIP

          PKZIP/PKUNZIP/PKZIPFIX
          Talk about complicated  : P


          whats the diffrence arent they all the same?
          In my opinion, there should only be one.
          However, thats not possible.

          If there was only one, then it would be the first unzipping/zipping tool... OMG! That's PKZIP  :P (I think...)
          I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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          Re: How do I open a ISO, Zip, 7-Zip, IMG, or archive file?
          « Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 02:48:31 AM »
          If there was only one, then it would be the first unzipping/zipping tool... OMG! That's PKZIP  :P (I think...)

          First archiving tool to use the ZIP format, maybe.

          File compression routines date back to at least the 1960s: IBM had a compression program called SQUOZE that was commonly used to pack programs on the 709 and 7090 mainframes as part of the SHARE operating system. Previous programs almost certainly existed. During the 1980s, the company System Enhancement Associates (SEA) developed a shareware utility called ARC, based on earlier programs such as tar. At this time Phil Katz wrote PKARC (archiver) and PKXARC (extracter), which used the ARC file format but were faster. SEA sued him for copyright infringement, and he paid them $62,000. He first changed the names to PKPAK and PKUNPAK and eventually rewrote his programs to use a different file format and compression method. Thus were born PKZIP and PKUNZIP. The first version of PKZIP appeared in 1989.