WinArchiver

WinArchiver 4.6

Open, create, manage, and mount archive files and disc images
3.2  (18 votes)
4.6 (See all)

WinArchiver is intended to compress and unzip data. Moreover, it also allows creating virtual drives to which you can mount archives. Luckily, the tool supports opening a long array of file types, such as RAR, ZIP, ISO, CAB, GZIP, TAR, 7Z and many others. It is a pity, though, that it allows creating only ZIP, 7Z and ISO.

The program has a very straightforward interface that resembles that of a file manager. In this regard, you can easily build a new archive by dragging and dropping the files you want to compress. It is good news that you can also use the tool directly from the system’s built-in file manager or the command line.

ISO image files can be created just as a regular archive. In addition, it lets you make a copy of a disc previously inserted in the reader. The resulting image file can then be mounted to a virtual drive without needing the physical disc. Likewise, an image can be burned back to disc if it is necessary.

The program is highly configurable. It is possible, for instance, to adjust the compression level, protect a compressed file with a password and create a multi-volume archive. In the same way, you can set the number of virtual drives (up to 23) and even load the selected images automatically at startup.

All in all, WinArchiver works stably and without affecting the overall performance of the system. The product is worthy of evaluation. Fortunately, it can be tried for 30 days at no cost.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Supports opening various types of archives
  • Can mount archives to virtual drives
  • Supports up to 23 virtual drives
  • Integrated with the system shell
  • Runs from the command line
  • Burns image files

Cons

  • Does not support creating many archive formats
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