Two common ways of squeezing large files into smaller sizes are ZIP and RAR. The ZIP format is much more common, but there are times when RAR works better, especially when the file is particularly huge, such as an application or a two-hour HD video.
ZIP and RAR use different compression techniques, and RAR has the added benefit of dividing a single file into several pieces. Instead of sending someone a 20 GB file, you can use RAR to chop it up and compress it into a few 200 MB files instead.
A third option, which is far less common, is to use the .001 format. These files are also split, but they’re not compressed.
What are .zip archives?
Archives are compressed and modified single files created from folders, directories, or multiple files. Depending on your files and archive extension, the files can be extremely compressed to save on storage space and bandwidth usage. .zip is an archive format that is the most common and widely used due to its support for multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Unix. It’s easy to extract .zip files and create your archives with the .zip extension. Let’s take a quick look at the procedure.
How Do I Extract Multiple Folders in Windows 10?
There are several ways to extract multiple zip files on your computer. One way is to right-click on the file you want to extract and select “Extract.” This will begin the extraction process and open the zipped file in a new window. Once the files are extracted, users can click the “More” button and choose the destination folder to put the files in. Then, they can select a file from the list of available files.
Another way to extract files is to use a command line program. If you are unfamiliar with how to extract zip files, you can open the Command Prompt and look under “Extract Compressed (Zipped Folders)” and type “extract.” The process will automatically open a new explorer window. Once the extraction is complete, you can open it again to find the needed files.
Unzip all files in a ZIP file
If the ZIP file contains many files, you can unzip them all at once. First, locate the ZIP file and then right-click it. In the context menu that appears, click “Extract All.”
Alternatively, you can double-click the ZIP file to open it and click “Extract All” in the top-right corner of File Explorer.
You’ll then be prompted to choose a destination for the extracted files. The current location of the ZIP file will be the location selected for the extracted files by default. If you want to change it, click “Browse.”
File Explorer will open. Navigate to the location where you’d like to extract the files and click “Select Folder.”
Once selected, click the “Extract” button.
Windows will now begin unzipping the files. The time it takes to extract the files depends on the size and amount of files. Once the process is complete, the unzipped files will appear in a folder in the chosen destination.
Double-click the unzipped file folder to access and use the files.
How to Extract Multiple WinRAR Files At Once?
We have all extracted in-numerous files and folders from a single archive. We have repeated the process for many RAR archives too. However, most of us need to learn to extract multiple RAR files into one or individual folders.
Surprisingly, WinRAR provides the option, leaving no reason to use a third-party commercial application for the same. If you are still wondering how to do it, follow the given steps and learn the easiest way to extract multiple RARs. To extract multiple WinRAR files at once, first, run the WinRAR tool.
Choose multiple RAR file archives for extraction.
Click on the Extract button.
Specify the destination to extract multiple RAR files.
Click on Ok, and WinRAR will extract the archives immediately.
Use a third-party app.
We recommend you use Winrar if you opt for a third-party utility. Use the link below to download and install Winrar to your system. Once installed, follow the guide below to extract particular files from an archive.
Please navigate to the concerned .zip archive on your local storage and double-click on it to open it in Winrar by default. If Winrar is not your default unarchiving utility, right-click on the file, select ‘Open With’ and then click on ‘Winrar’ instead.
Now click and select the file you wish to extract from the archive. You can hold down Ctrl and click and select multiple files from the archive as well.
Once selected, click on ‘Extract to’ at the top.
Choose a location on your local storage using the GUI on your right. You can also enter a path manually using the ‘Destination Path’ field at the top. Click on ‘Ok’ once you are done.
And that’s it! The selected files will now be automatically extracted to the location on your local storage selected by you.
How do I zip all files in UNIX?
-r Option: To zip a directory recursively, use the -r option with the zip command, and it will recursively zip the files in a directory. This option helps you zip all the files in the specified directory.
When you extract files from a zipped folder, a new folder with the same name is created, which contains the files. The compressed (zipped) version also remains. Right-click the zipped folder saved to your computer. Choose “Extract All…” (an extraction wizard will begin).
Connecting Uncompressed .001 Files
If you have files with a .001 extension, it’s unlikely WinRAR or the compression tool that comes with Windows 10 can open them. That’s because these files aren’t compressed. Rather, they are parts of a larger file that was cut into smaller chunks and named in a series with the same file name and a numbered extension, such as sample.001, sample.002, and sample.003.
The file can be split and rejoined by only a limited number of programs, such as HJSplit, 7-Zip, or File Joiner. Download and install one of these programs. These three utilities are freeware, so you don’t have to pay.
Place all the files in the same folder.
Right-click the file with the .001 extension and select your new utility from the drop-down menu.
Select Extract when prompted and select a destination folder.