My Top 5 File Compression Software

A lot of changes happened in computer world, for example media for saving data.
I remember 5′ diskette for learn lotus and ws followed by 3.5′ diskette, CD era then become alternative for long time data protection.
As demand for saving larger data come we have more option : CD-RW, DVD, removeable harddisk and usb flash disk.
That storage media became small and smaller body with bigger capacity.

Storage media might grow but still can’t satisfy everyone, specially when dealt with larger file vs storage media available.
Here’s the need for file compression software. In linux/unix world there’s a few utilities exist such tar and gzip.

In windows world I list my top 5 favourite compression software :

winzip My Top 5 File Compression Software1. Winzip (

Since I know windows ( windows Me ) I use winzip for compressing my task also for split file into smaller size to fit my 3.5′ diskette.
The front end easy to understand even for beginner like me icon smile My Top 5 File Compression Software
Winzip provide shareware version with same functionality as registered version. At time of writing winzip version has reach 11.1

Get latest version here

winrar My Top 5 File Compression Software2. Winrar (

I found winrar as alternative software for winzip at internet cafe. Different icon but can handle zip file and new format .rar
winrar become important for me when I’m looking for software that able to see content of .iso file without need to burn into cd first.
Same as winrar, but more powerfull I think so icon smile My Top 5 File Compression Software

Get latest version here

7zip My Top 5 File Compression Software3. 7zip ( )

7zip has their own format .7zip beside supporting ZIP, CAB, RAR, GZIP and TAR.
Available in portable version too, which saves my time when going to some place. Put in usb flash disk and I’m ready to fight icon smile My Top 5 File Compression Software

Get latest version here for free

4. IZArc (

Need for powerful version of compression software make hunting new one for our lab school. I can’t describe how this software become top 5.
From author site :

IZArc is the ultimate freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO,


ZOO. With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and

tools. It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives

spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many

more. IZArc has also build-in multilanguage support.

nothing left to say icon smile My Top 5 File Compression Software

Get latest version from here

5. Windows Free ZIP compression

This utilities becomes handy since no need to install and built in software for Windows XP Home and Professional. Save my live often when i forgot my 7zip

portable while winzip, winrar and IZArc not available at the moment.

Do you have favourite compression software that help you a lot ?

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P.S :

This post is my entry for problogger latest group writing project. Very challenging icon wink My Top 5 File Compression Software


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  4. wow, i thought there were only 2 compressions softwares. thanks for the info. i found your post from the problogger project. if you’d like to check my post out, here it is:

  5. I have a different perspective.
    I reviewed WinRAR, 7-Zip, lzArc, WinUHA and KGB Archiver.

    Though that’s not my entry for problogger’s group writing project.

  6. @robinson go

    I already give comment for your inspiring post :-)


    Cool, I like KGB archiver, seem powerfull

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  9. UHARC (Windows fontend is called WinUHA)is a very good compression format (and its free). Warez distribution groups often use it to repackage games and compress games into lesser number of discs.

    StuffIt is not free but it is also good.

    Winzip is complete crap.

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  11. Hi Alamsyah, thanks for the tips!

    I’ve never heard of 7zip, or even IZArc for that matter. I’ll be checking these out, thank you!

    Best of luck with the Problogger project! :)


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  13. I may be changing to one of your choices. I have been using CoffeeCup version of a zip program. It is good, but way to spammy.

    Thanks for putting this list together.

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  15. Hi
    Nice top 5

    I’ve tried a couple of these, but I’m going to have to give the others a go now. Thanks for the tips, I’ll drop back and read some more of your posts later

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