Ask the Readers: Software to extract archives in multiple folders
Here is the problem that I'm currently facing. I sometimes download files from the Internet that are packed and placed into different folders of the same hard drive. I normally unpack them in each folder separately which takes quite a bit of manual work depending on the amount of folders with files that can be unpacked.
I was not able to come up with an application that would recursively scan all folders and subfolders that I point it to and unpack all files found inside those folders. It should be able to handle the most common formats like zip and rar and have no problems with multi-volumes.
What could work - was to lazy to figure that out yet - would be to create a batch script that would process the folders one by one. My question however is if there is an application that is capable of extracting archives in different folders in one go. If you know of an application or have another tip let me know please.
Update: The results are in. We have found a number of program suitable for the job. My favorite program is the unpacker Extract Now which is a versatile program that supports the majority of popular archiving formats. All you need to do is drag and drop files or folders containing compressed files into the ExtractNow window to have them extracted.
The program will process them one by one and extract them to a location that you can pick manually or define automatically. The automatic option unpacks the archive into an archive folder so that everything is sorted in Windows Explorer in the end.
Newer versions of the program support password lists that you can load in case you need to unpack password protected achieves. Another interesting feature is the ability to monitor folders for archives to extract archives that are found automatically when found.