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PeterG
05-29-2012, 06:14 AM
Any suggestions? I have been using filestube.com to download mp3s of my old vinyl and audiocassette collection that I have been unable to find with BitTorrent. I've avoided RAR files because I don't understand them. But today I mistakenly downloaded an album in the RAR format and thought I would try to figure it out. So I downloaded winzip and it unzipped (is that the right term?) one album I downloaded. Great! So I downloaded another album, but I guess the free winzip program I downloaded only worked once, now they want me to pay I guess. :(

Wondering if anyone knows of a program that will work for as many unzips as I might need. Thanks for your help! :)

Cloudy_Gumdrops
05-29-2012, 06:17 AM
7-Zip

http://www.7-zip.org/

Gazpacho
05-29-2012, 06:48 AM
I also recommend 7-Zip.

It has another useful feature, at least for Windows 7. If you're in Windows Explorer and right-click on a zip file, you have the option to open it using 7-zip. That way you can see the files without having to extract them to a folder.

beepbeep
05-29-2012, 01:49 PM
I use WinRar since forever.
There's a warning that you only have 40 days to use the free version, after that you'd have to pay, but nothing happens really, I've been getting the 40 days warning since, well, forever ;)

antmanb
05-29-2012, 02:53 PM
I read Free program and thought skating....:slinkaway

star_gazer11
05-30-2012, 04:01 AM
I use WinRar since forever.
There's a warning that you only have 40 days to use the free version, after that you'd have to pay, but nothing happens really, I've been getting the 40 days warning since, well, forever ;)

Yup, I use it too - you can ignore the 'pay' warning. The program will still work after the free trial period ends.

PeterG
06-06-2012, 07:27 PM
A thanks and a new question. Thanks for your comments about winzip, I can make it work, I just need to click on the "Use Evaluation Version" button which follows the "Buy Now" button".

My new question: I downloaded an album, but I can't unzip it because I get this message that asks for a password. It's in abox that says the password at the top, but when I enter that, it does not work. So I have to click on cancel and get a message that says something to the effect of, "The following file could not be opened or is not a valid zip file".

Is this something that can be solved somehow? It's for a rare album, so I'm hoping something can be done. Or is this a write-off scenario and my only option is to delete the folder?

star_gazer11
06-07-2012, 12:58 AM
My new question: I downloaded an album, but I can't unzip it because I get this message that asks for a password. It's in abox that says the password at the top, but when I enter that, it does not work. So I have to click on cancel and get a message that says something to the effect of, "The following file could not be opened or is not a valid zip file".

Is this something that can be solved somehow? It's for a rare album, so I'm hoping something can be done. Or is this a write-off scenario and my only option is to delete the folder?

Are you saying you have the password and it's not working (not unzipping the file when you enter it)? Otherwise, you're out of luck because you need the actual password.

rjblue
06-07-2012, 01:12 AM
I've never downloaded a password protected file, but there are password cracker (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Decrypting-Decoding/Atomic-Zip-Password-Cracker.shtml) programs available, and some sites and youtubes with tutorials if you google "winzip password cracker".

PeterG
06-07-2012, 05:11 AM
Are you saying you have the password and it's not working (not unzipping the file when you enter it)? Otherwise, you're out of luck because you need the actual password.

I did not have a password, but the window that asks for the password has a title heading that is something like:

password: BPB80.rar

But that does not work. :wuzrobbed

star_gazer11
06-08-2012, 03:56 AM
I did not have a password, but the window that asks for the password has a title heading that is something like:

password: BPB80.rar

But that does not work. :wuzrobbed

That should be the file name. The thing about filestube is that it trawls uploading sites/files, which *ahem* sharing communities use. If you've heard of megaupload, big kerfuffle earlier this year when the FBI took it down - uploaded files, both illegal and legal, went poof.