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MASS FILE (ZIP/RAR) UNPACKER

by Jason Lang / June 30, 2016 8:18 PM PDT

I AM A WEDDING/SCENIC PHOTOGRAPHER AND TO BACK UP MY FILES I ARCHIVE MY PHOTO GROUPS/ WEDDINGS IN ZIP/RAR FILES. WELL MY COMPUTER CRASHED AND ALL I HAVE LEFT IS THE ARCHIVE FILES AND I HAVE APPROX. 33,000 RAR AND ZIP FILES IN ABOUT 1,000 DIFFERENT FOLDERS

I AM LOOKING FOR SOME SOFTWARE PREFERABLY FREEWARE OR A WORKAROUND IN WINRAR/7ZIP THAT I CAN UNZIP ALL THE FILES IN MULTIPLE FOLDER BATCHES AND THE UNPACKED FILES STAYS IN THE FOLDER THAT THE ZIP/RAR FILES WERE IN.

WHEN I TRY EXACT TO DO THIS WITH WINRAR OR 7ZIP I USUALY DO A SEARCH IN WINDOWS EXPLORER FOR "ZIP/RAR" THEN RIGHT CLICK "EXTRACT TO". AND THEY EXTRACT BUT THEY ALL GO IN A RANDOM FOLDER.

I KEEP MY FILES IN A WEIRD SUB FOLDERS LET ME EXPLAIN.


DESKTOP>PHOTOS>DATE>WEDDING/ EVENT/AREA>BATCH.
I CAN HAVE RAR FILES IN UP TO 6 TO 7 SUB SOLDERS WITH ARCHIVE FOLDERS IN EVERY FOLDER BEFORE IT.


CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP. WILL GIVE MORE DETAILS IF NEEDED

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You'll need a programmer to work on this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2016 9:44 AM PDT

That would need a lot of definition from you to a programmer to write an app that would traverse the system, find the zips and unpack them according to your rules.

No, there is no app that can do this. You'll have to have it written if you don't write code yourself.

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Re: zip/rar files
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 1, 2016 10:27 AM PDT

Since Windows XP and higher, zip-files are seen by Windows as a (virtual folder). So you can open them and look at the contents like it were real files. No need at all to unpack those archive files, unless you want to do searches on filenames inside them.

For rar-files in Windows it's a different story indeed.

Since pictures don't compress, the zip and rar-files are about the same size as the original files combined. That makes me wonder why you didn't simply backup the original files. That's less work. But it's too late now.

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