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#1 banto

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 07:42 AM

Hi all,
When I downloaded some software, it consisted of 13 rar files, from --------.rar ; -------.r00 through to -------.r11:
All these were EXACTLY the same size (except for one) and after I un-rared (is there such a word?) one of them, I started to un-rar the rest, however, I was told that the file already existed, and did I want to overwrite.
Anyway, The File named ------.rar (presumably the 1st) seemed to work fine when I "mounted" it.
Have I missed something? Do I need the other files, if not what are they and why do they exist? Can I delete them?

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 11:18 AM

Return to the site from which you downloaded the software; try to determine the SIZE of the download from whatever information you can find, then compare that size to what you downloaded. It may be that you have downloaded the same file multiple times in error.

Another way is to determine if the contents of the zipped files are exactly the same. Create two folders and unzip one of two of the downloaded files into the new folders. You can then compare the contents using Explorer. If the application works with just the original unzipped and installed, and the contents of the other zipped files turns out to be the same, you can safely delete the extras.

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 11:59 AM

lol

when you downloaded all the 13 rars,when you 'un-rar' them,it is actomatically join today

and of course when you unrar again you will replace the file,because it is the same one!!

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:01 PM

Thanks for your replies,
I'm almost certain that I didn't inadvertently download the same file 13 times; when I opened WInrar, it shows the contents of the download, and all 13 files are there.

Sorry DarkNight I can't quite see what you're saying, do you mean that when I un-rar the 1st file (-------.rar), it automatically un-rar'd the other 12 rar files or perhaps after I mounted and installed the 1st one, it then used the other rar files to make up the rest of the "coding"(hope this is the right word)?

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:58 PM

It is one rar file, it is just split up into several chunks for easier uploading. WinRAR will treat them as a single file, and unpack them all at once. So when you unpack any one of them WinRAR unpacks them all. And the when you tried to unpack another one of them WinRAR tried to unpack them all again. In fact, you need all of the to be able to unpack it successfully.
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 07:46 AM

Many thanks Mr Alpha (and others who took the trouble to help), it makes perfect sense, its easy when someone explains it.
Once again thanks everyone.




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