Extracting multiple independent rar files was a lengthy process in the past until I found out how to do this with just a few clicks of the mouse.
I either selected them one by one previously with a right-click to select the unpack option from the context menu of Windows Explorer, or double-clicked the archives to load them in a software like 7-Zip to extract each individual archive this way instead.
The rar files need to be in the same directory for the following method to work (and speed up the process of extracting the archives). Just mark all rar files, right-click the marked area and select to unpack all files in this location.
The name of the command is different depending on the application that you use to unrar files normally. My packer IZArc has its own entry in the right-click menu and I can select Extract Here from the personal menu to extract all rar files that I have selected.
It took a while until I stumbled upon this method. Before that I extracted every rar file on its own, which takes a while if you have dozens of independent rar files on your computer. I thought I share this method even though I might be the last person on earth that found it.
Please note that this works only if you do not have rar files in the directory that span multiple archive files. If you do, you may need to select each .rar file individually without selecting the r00, r01 files as well.
The method works equally well for other archive formats such as zip.
Update: The excellent Extract Now file extractor can be used similarly. All you need to do here is to drag and drop the folder the archives are in, or files independently if you prefer that, into the ExtractNow window. They are then automatically processed by the program and unpacked into locations of your choosing.
You can automate the process further by selecting extraction patterns and folders that you want to monitor for archives. Extract Now will automatically extract the archives that are moved or copied into the folder which can be really useful if you happen to have one folder where archives are stored in regularly that need unpacking.Advertisement
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