the Use of WinRar
version 1.0 December 2002
Step By Step
Viewing a Partial Download Of Rars
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By way of introduction, there is only one goal
in this tutorial, and that is to take you from not being able to deal
with Rar files to the point where you can at least extract a file.
There is always more to learn, and the last section will have other,
much better places
to learn them
1. Download and install the current
version of WinRar from Rarsoft.com.
2. Once installed then Open WinRar
3. Locate the directory where you have stored ALL the rar
files for the post you want and double click on it.
4. Highlight the first file in the archive - in this case
it's Moviethisone.rar, but it also could have been
Moviethisone.Part001.Rar. Double click on it. You will see
if it's a standard movie file, or
if the archive is another storage format - in this case the "bin" "cue"
format is used for burning directly to a CD what ever content is within
the Bin file. If you wish to extract the information - be it a movie or
to your hard drive, you'll need to use a tool like Vcdgear
or ISObuster to complete the extraction.
5. To extract the file, simply click on the "Extract to"
Or click on COMMANDS and then EXTRACT TO THE SPECIFIED FOLDER
6. Either action will cause a new window to pop up:
Note the destination path, which is by default a "New" folder
by the name of the archive which will be placed directly under the
directory where the rars are. Also note the highlighted "Keep Broken
files". If your archive has bad or missing rars, or you wish to preview
the movie, checking this box will allow you a down and dirty way of
extracting a partial file (read about it here).
7. Next are two possible Warning windows you could see if
for some reason you don't have all the files or if the files are
Warning Window One: The first of the two messages
above shows "corrupt authenticity information", and is the sign of a
sloppy poster, or at least rar archiver. It is not by itself fatal, but
indicate that the ability of WinRar to "test" the validity of the
is in question.
The second message states that the "r01" file is
corrupt. Big problem. If Par files were posted for this set now is the
time to use SmartPar and recover the bad files (see "how to Par"). Just shut down Win Rar
and repeat the above sets after you've completed the repair with
Warning Window Two: This message may be your
first clue that you have yet not gotten all of the rar files you need.
Use either SmartPar to recover the missing files if possible, or the
SFV files to determine what
files you're missing;
and return to WinRar when you have collected or repaired them.
8. If all went well, you'll next see that a new directory
was created just under the one you stored your files in:
And within this directory you'll find, with luck, the file you hoped
And it would now be most appropriate to sit back and watch
Movie when you don't have (or may not Want to download) all the Rars
Three ways to view an incomplete Rar Archive:
One - in WinRar
This comes from SweetCore, and really
is a handy way to do it
1. UnRar the typical way via WinRAR,
but with the Keep Broken Files box checked (see
2. once the program gives you the
incomplete error message, before hitting okay or cancel, go into the
folder the program has created.
3. The video should be there.
If you have the first parts it should play up
to the first missing chunk, and if it's a mpg it might play past it.
Two - in Dos
(thanks British Bulldog)
You will need to have Winrar to use this. As
long as you have the first (.RAR) section and any consecutive sections
- .r00, .r01, .r02, etc from a DOS shell you can assemble all
consecutive sections and STILL SAVE the mpeg file.
1. Place a copy of Rar.exe into the
directory with the rar parts you do have, up to the "break" in the
2. From a DOS prompt type: rar e -kb
moviename-~1 .The e command extracts the file, and the -kb
paramater says to keep broken files
Some problems encountered and how he found
1. Since you are in DOS you need to do
a DIR to make sure how the RAR file is named.
2. I found that the filenames for
the different sections vary slightly (nymph_-_XXX.rnn, Nymph--XXX.rnn,
etc.) I had to go back and rename some of them so they would be
with the chain. You'll recognize this when you get the error message
Nymph???? fails CRC check. If you have that section go back and make
it has the same name RAR.EXE is looking for.
Three - misc
Or, I've noticed using WinACE that it'll
unRAR incomplete RARs. Whether or not the video's viewable depends what
kind of video it is. If it's an mpeg then you're set, if it's an avi
may have to open
it using VirtualDub.
VCD Gear (dat to mpg)
Sfv for Windows
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