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Windows 7: Help With Compressing Using WINRAR

08 Jun 2010   #1
Wandering Flame

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Help With Compressing Using WINRAR

Ok. This is the program I have for compression.

However, when compressing a folder to a .RAR file, I right click on the folder. However, there seems to be several options to choose from when trying to compress this. They are:

1. Add to Archive...

2. Add to "CD1.rar"

3. Compress and email...

4. Compress to "CD1.rar" and email

Anyway, I tried right clicking all these to hopefully know what's the difference between them. Right clicked the first one, and it was going to begin something, but instead of starting it I just closed it down.

The second option, I also right clicked, and then it immediately began compressing it, and the compression window at the top said "Creating archive CD1.rar"

I'm beginning to think all of these are the same, except that two of the options involve emailing the compressed file.

Is this true? Do all of these option create the same result in the end? I don't really care about the email part, just the compressed file.

Finally, one last question. When something is compressed to a .RAR file, it is obviously taking up less space on the hard drive.

However, when the contents of the compressed file is extracted, it brings out the same folder and its original size as well?

Like lets say I'm compressing a 2 GB folder, and the compressed file is 1.4 GB. If I extracted the compressed file, would a 2 GB folder come out of it, or would the folder be lighter in size?

Thanks a lot in advance.


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08 Jun 2010   #2
A Guy

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First of all, you right click the folder, then left click the choices

1. Add to Archive...

Lets you choose all the available parameters for the rar file

2. Add to "CD1.rar"

Begins creating a rar file immediately using the default settings, or settings you have chosen previously as your defaults

Yes, the extracted file is the original size you began with

A Guy
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09 Jun 2010   #3
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

I know you left click those. I just right clicked hoping if will give me a description of what they do. Apparently, right clicking those was no different than left clicking them (the options).

So how about option three and four? How are those different?
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09 Jun 2010   #4
SIW2

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The last two options open an email ready to send, with the .rar you just made attached.
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09 Jun 2010   #5
A Guy

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame View Post
I know you left click those. I just right clicked hoping if will give me a description of what they do. Apparently, right clicking those was no different than left clicking them (the options).

So how about option three and four? How are those different?
Same differences as 2 I listed, but for email (using your email client I assume, never done either, or have email on my PC). I didn't mean to imply you didn't know how to click on them, just you specifically mentioned right clicking on them . Actually, for me at least, right clicking on them gives me the same result. A Guy
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11 Jun 2010   #6
Wandering Flame

Vista
 
 

A guy what? You didn't finish the last sentence.

Kidding of course.
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