Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)

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    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)


    I was always using Bandizip, because it was doing it's job well, didn't have ads and had a modern, nice design, but recently they put ads in their latest version and I don't want to use it anymore. I tried to look for alternatives, but sadly I have a hard time to find any good looking free archivers. 7Zip users some ancient, XP era interface which is ugly as hell and don't wanna use it. The only good looking what I found was ZIP archiver 4 from hammersoft, but then I found articles where people say, it had in built trojan virus or something and I don't wanna use it. The only archiver that looks not so bad that I found so far is PeaZip, but it's still not very good looking. Lacks dark mode and doesn't change icons of archivers. Any other options?
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    I find 7-Zip is fine but I'm not concerned about how it looks
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Ditendra said:
    I was always using Bandizip, because it was doing it's job well, didn't have ads and had a modern, nice design, but recently they put ads in their latest version and I don't want to use it anymore. I tried to look for alternatives, but sadly I have a hard time to find any good looking free archivers. 7Zip users some ancient, XP era interface which is ugly as hell and don't wanna use it. The only good looking what I found was ZIP archiver 4 from hammersoft, but then I found articles where people say, it had in built trojan virus or something and I don't wanna use it. The only archiver that looks not so bad that I found so far is PeaZip, but it's still not very good looking. Lacks dark mode and doesn't change icons of archivers. Any other options?
    Hi there
    any old linux distro and then simply run rsync -- makes perfect archives, fast, compressed if you like, zillions of options including don't re-archive existing files unless newer etc etc, can recurse through directories etc etc. rsync standard on pretty well all linux distros. (Grsync is a GUI version if you don't like command lines).

    I really haven't seen any Windows utilities that can do this job -- I back up regularly to a NAS server anyway so this is ideal -- Windows machine logs on to the NAS server via ssh and runs the script to perform the archive update. You can set the windows command (.bat file) to run at specific times --or if you have the WSL installed on windows - run the rsync command from the WSL within windows itself.

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    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    any old linux distro and then simply run rsync -- makes perfect archives, fast, compressed if you like, zillions of options including don't re-archive existing files unless newer etc etc, can recurse through directories etc etc. rsync standard on pretty well all linux distros. (Grsync is a GUI version if you don't like command lines).

    I really haven't seen any Windows utilities that can do this job -- I back up regularly to a NAS server anyway so this is ideal -- Windows machine logs on to the NAS server via ssh and runs the script to perform the archive update. You can set the windows command (.bat file) to run at specific times --or if you have the WSL installed on windows - run the rsync command from the WSL within windows itself.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Jimbo, thanks for the suggestion, but I don't have Linux. I'm running Windows 10.
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Ditendra said:
    Jimbo, thanks for the suggestion, but I don't have Linux. I'm running Windows 10.
    Hi there
    you can run rsync from the WSL (sub system for Linux) which you can install on later versions of Windows -- but as always take backups (Free macrium for imaging the windows OS) before starting / messing around.

    I think some people use robocopy on Windows -- haven't used it myself but check it out. Archiving is a bit different to DATA BACKUP -- everybody has different strategies on what to do.


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  6. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Why archiving instead of backup?
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  7. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Since no one else is asking, why archiving instead of backup?
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  8. Posts : 1,484
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    Hi Ditendra, Have you looked at this one.



    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-image.png Zipware - Free, Fast and Simple Zip Software for Windows

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    Ztruker said:
    Since no one else is asking, why archiving instead of backup?
    A backup frequently needs a program, usually the same one, to access the files. I find creating copies onto other storage devices allows the archive [saving] and accessing the files needs only a computer or any other computer with an OS containing a file management program. Even a Linux LiveDVD can allow it. Alternate methods can be quite useful at times.
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  10. Posts : 134
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    Ztruker said:
    Why archiving instead of backup?
    Guys, I think you misunderstood me. I'm not looking for an archiver to do backups. I'm just looking for archiver for archived files to open or archive them if I need. Just to have it in case I download something from Internet and it's rar file, tar file or whatever and so I could extract it. I think such software is a mandatory for every user.

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    ethel said:
    Hi Ditendra, Have you looked at this one.



    Any Modern Looking Free Archivers for Windows 10? (without ads)-image.png Zipware - Free, Fast and Simple Zip Software for Windows

    No, and thanks, I will check now. Seems not bad looking, but sadly still no dark mode. I use dark mode in my Windows and trying to have same theme in apps too. So far, couldn't find any archiver with dark mode.
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