RAR is a file format is used to store data in a compressed form. RAR is a powerful file format for data compression, files spanning and recovery of errors. RAR Means Roshal Archive, and this term was derived from the name of a well known Russian software engineer known as Eugene Roshal. He was the developer of this file format. This file format has the capacity to store single or multiple files in a compressed form. RAR file format is an ‘archive’ for storing huge number of files and documents by using compression method. The different versions of RAR file formats are RAR 1.3, RAR 1.5, RAR 2 and RAR 3. The working features of RAR files are similar to the working feature of ZIP files and Stuff-It files. The main advantage of these compressed files is that it can be used for back up purpose. Since it reduces the size of the file by compressing it, it requires lesser space of hard disk to store it. If your system is flooded with large number of media files then this file format is the best option to save your entire favorite media files in a compressed form.
How to open RAR files
RAR files can be opened easily by using a powerful archive manager known as WinRAR. It is necessary to unzip RAR files in order to access all your compressed data. WinRAR is one of the most prominent and reliable application for unzipping all the RAR zipped files. It has the best graphical interface due to which it is better than any other archiving utility application. But sometimes you may not be able to unzip RAR file due to RAR file corruption. It makes all your data handicapped and inaccessible. The reasons behind RAR file corruption are as follows: -
Interruption while downloading - RAR file structure gets damaged if any interruption takes place during the process of downloading. It is necessary to keep an eye on your system while the download process is going on. There are many tools available nowadays such as Download management program in order to avoid any kind of interruption during the execution of download process.
External threats – Virus attack is one of the main causes for RAR file corruption. Viruses are considered as an external threat which has the ability to infect your RAR file severely. Installing and using third party applications for unzipping purpose may increase the chances of virus attack which will ultimately damage your RAR file.
Changing file extension – Renaming the file with an inappropriate extension can corrupt your RAR file. For example, renaming a file from xyz.rar to xyz.jpeg will only change the name without showing the contents of the files. It makes the file unusable and it will not function as a RAR file.
These are some of the most common scenarios under which your RAR file gets corrupted. Once your RAR file gets corrupted, you will be able to see certain errors which will restrict you to access your RAR file. Some of the errors are as mentioned below: -
Memory error – This error message is displayed when there is not enough memory to operate RAR file.
CRC error – This is the common error which occurs while unzipping any RAR file.
Write error – This error occurs when there is a problem with the disk. If this error takes place then you will not be able to access your RAR file.
These errors take place only after your RAR file gets damaged or corrupted. There are many ways to avoid RAR file corruption. Such as:
If still your RAR file is getting damaged and corrupted then you don’t need to worry about it because every problem has solution. You can easily repair your corrupted RAR file by using powerful RAR file repair tool known as RAR Repair Tool. This software will repair RAR file of WinRAR under any scenarios in a short span of time. It has easy-to-use wizard interface which helps a lay man to use this software without facing any difficulties. This software can fix RAR files on Windows Vista operating system where the RAR files has been corrupted when the file extension has been changed by renaming the file. It is compatible to repair all the versions of RAR files. It can easily repair RAR files damaged due to CRC error with ease.
It supports all the versions of Microsoft Windows Operating System such as Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008. Use RAR repair tool to fix the corruption issues involved in RAR files of different formats such as RAR 1.3, RAR 1.5, RAR 2, RAR 3 created using WinRAR application on Windows operating system. If the RAR files are severely corrupted then WinRAR fails to compress or uncompress the files. In such cases you can use RAR repair tool to fix WinRAR not responding after corruption of RAR files due to incomplete download,virus infection,CRC error,header corruption.
Steps that will guide you about how to use this software to repair damaged and broken RAR files:
Step 1: Download and install Repair RAR trial for free of cost. Once you launch the software, the main screen is displayed as shown in Figure 1
Figure 1 : Main Window
Step 2:After that, you need to browse and select your RAR file using “Browse” button. As soon as you select the corrupted file, you have to click on the "Repair" button in order to commence repair process as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2 : Select RAR file
Step 3: A new window will open where the software will start scanning the entire damaged RAR file. As soon as the scanning process is over, you will be able to preview all your repaired files using “Preview” option as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3 : Preview Repaired RAR File