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whats the best free file compression program. ( when i mean best, i mean it can compress it the most, speed isnt really a factor)
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Winzip is good. They have a free trial which never expires and lets you use all of the features (at least it did for me last time I tried it).
www.winzip.com
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WinRAR ftw!
www.rarlab.com
    
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i guess RAR is pretty good? how about 7zip?
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WinRAR ftw!
www.rarlab.com
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post #6 of 23
7zip is the by par the best it is open source you dont have to worry about TRIALS and it is faster and has better compression of winrar.

http://www.7-zip.org/
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post #7 of 23
winrar isn't free.
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post #8 of 23
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whats the "dictionary size" and the "word size"?
also, whats the best comression method?
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post #9 of 23
WinRAR:
Quote:
WinRAR provides complete support for RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives.
7ZIP:
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*Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
*Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
Both offer many of the same functions, basically its user preference...

I use WinRAR because I've used it for a while. I'm sure if I ever used 7ZIP, I'd probably like it too, just depends...
    
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post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Boris4ka View Post
winrar isn't free.
Neither is WinZIP technically...
I've been using a trial version of WinRAR going on 2 years, sure I've got to click the nag screen, but it still works...
    
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