.rar files

  Gary7 00:22 15 Nov 2004

Who can tell me what a .rar file is (from Bit Torrent)? My son has been downloading these, but I can't get my teeth around them. Is it a compresion format or what? I understand MP3, avi, mpeg etc, but what is Bit Torrent, please?

  Lady Lara 00:26 15 Nov 2004

It is a winrar file. basically a compressed file like winzip.

In order to open it you need this

click here

use the trial version first.

It is a good thing to have though!!!

  jimv7 00:26 15 Nov 2004

You need an aplication like winrar to open these files.

  Salinger 00:29 15 Nov 2004

.rar files are compressed or zipped files which can be opened with WinRar. Bit Torrent is a bit like KazaA and is usually, but not always, used for downloading Copyright material.

  Lady Lara 00:30 15 Nov 2004

click here

Nothing to worry about...... honest!!!

  TomJerry 00:44 15 Nov 2004

click here.

.rar files can be significantly smaller than .zip so it is favoured by may .

  Gary7 00:51 15 Nov 2004

Thanks folks. I was getting a bit worried - but I now understand that it is just a new compression format. Are there any disadvantages/bugs/problems with it ?

  Salinger 00:54 15 Nov 2004

Not with WinRar, Bit Torrent is another matter.

  Gary7 00:55 15 Nov 2004

What's the difference ?

  Salinger 00:59 15 Nov 2004

WinRar is simply a compression/zip format, Bit Torrent is usually used in P2P downloading.

  User-312386 01:03 15 Nov 2004

i assume you have loads of .rar files after downloading with bittorrent?

Right click the first file and click on "extract here"

If it is a movie then you will either have a .cue and .bin files or .img files

then use Nero

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