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Best free options to archive your files

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To compress and archive your files, the excellent tool that has existed is WinRAR. It is fast, secure with its 256-bit password encryption, and can split archives into volumes. Despite all these impressive features, it is not free though it offers a free 40-day trial after which you have to buy a license that costs around U.S. $34.71. Good news is that now, there are free alternatives with exceptional features that you should consider and some of them are well outlined here.

7-Zip

This file archiving alternative comes with secure AES-256 encryption and offers high compression. Though 7-Zip’s interface looks a little old, do not doubt its capability to provide you with full access to features.

It can extract almost any kind of archive and pack files in various formats such as ZIP, TAR and WIM as well as its own native format. 7-Zip seamlessly integrates with Windows making it easy to extract or create files.

7-Zip is an open source that does not require registration. It is also absolutely free for both personal and commercial use.

PeaZip

This free archiving option focuses on security by allowing you to scan the file archives’ contents with your normal security software before extracting them.

It is great for receiving and sharing files, and supports multi-volume archives. PEA, PeaZip’s native format, has optional integrity authenticated and checking encryption that combines well with its excellent compression capability. You can also create self-extracting archives which is useful if you do not have an archiving tool.

Zipware

Zipware, unlike most WinRAR alternatives, is simple and its interface is so straightforward. This simplicity does not compromise the quality of features it offers you. It emphasizes in security by making it possible for you to scan the archives’ contents before extracting them in addition to storing them on your PC for free.

Zipware, though it can extract every type of compressed file, it can only create file archives in 7-Zip, ZIP or EXE formats. You can create or open an archive by dragging a file into its main interface or by using the choices it adds to the context menu in Windows. Zipware enables you to create multi-volume archives and for authentication purposes, it can generate checksums.

Bandizip

From the makes of Bandicam screen recorder, this free file archiving option is quick and convenient. It can extract all kinds of archives and create new archives in many formats including ZIP, TAR, ISO and many more formats.

Bandizip can integrate well with the context menu of Windows only after you authorize it to do so. To enable you arrange your files as efficiently as possible, Bandizip can skip files which will not compress well. Though you can check the files’ integrity, it does not allow you to scan for virus before extracting them.

Ashampoo Zip Free

Ashampoo Zip Free is well designed to extract files from more than 30 archive types, and create 7-Zip, TAR, ZIP, LHA and LAB packages. Using AES encryption, you can protect your files after making multi-volume archives, as well as preview files before you extract them.

This free WinRAR option possesses an attractive, tile-based interface though the tiles are mostly teasers of the premium software that the company offers. However, some of the features in other alternatives such as converting multiple archives to other formats and extracting them simultaneously, are exclusive to the Ashampoo Zip premium version.

To upgrade to the premium tool, the process is quite cumbersome. It starts with you installing the software then you have to enter a registration code which you can only do after signing up for a free account. The free account needs your email address and password and once you are through signing up, a verification link is sent to the email you provided. Then if you choose to upgrade, you use your account which links together all your Ashampoo software.

WinUHA

It is the best free compression software with outstanding performance. WinUHA’s Windows Explorer-like interface enables you to see the folder contents using its tree structure, therefore it can be easily understood by all kinds of users. It can open other archive files but can only convert them to .uha archive since it is the only format it supports. WinUHA supports extracting multiple archiving formats.