Five Apps: Compress and manage archive files

Five mostly free apps for compressing archive files in Windows

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When you need to save disk space, backup data or send files back and forth to others quickly and efficiently, the best way is through file compression. You can use the ZIP archive utility which is baked right into the Windows operating system to get the job done. However, the ZIP file format is fairly limited in compression capability and is lacking in extra options. If you are looking for a power user style replacement that can support multiple archive types, there are some gems out there for handling archives in Windows with great power and flexibility.

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