Windows Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 5.61, by Dr. Herong Yang
Creating Multi-Volume RAR Files
This section provides a tutorial example on how to create a multi-volume RAR file using WinRAR to break a large RAR file into multiple smaller files.
If you have large files or directories, WinRAR will normally create a single large RAR file, which is not convenient for storing it on diskette or send it as an email. In this case, you should use WinRAR's multi-volume RAR file option.
Suppose that I have a sample music file, my_music.mp3. Its file size is 4713 KB. Here are the steps to archive it to a multi-volume RAR file:
1. Run WinRAR and navigate the directory where my_music.mp3 is stored.
2. Select my_music and select menu "Commands" > "Add files to archive". The "Archive name and parameters" dialog box shows up.
3. Click the "Profiles" button. A dropdown list shows up.
4. Select the "Create 1.44MB volumes" option. Notice the following fields are changed immediately:
5. Enter c:\temp\my_music.rar in the "Archive name" field and click the OK button. my_music.pm3 will be archived into 4 files:
1,457,664 my_music.part1.rar 1,457,664 my_music.part2.rar 1,457,664 my_music.part3.rar 423,474 my_music.part4.rar
This is perfect. Now I can copy these files to 4 diskettes, or email them to a friend, who has a small mail box, one at a time.
Extracting files out of a multi-volume RAR file is easy. Here are the key steps:
1. Make sure that all volumes, *.part1.rar, *.part2.rar, ..., are in the same directory.
2. Run WinRAR and perform the extract process on any of the volumes, WinRAR knows how to extract files from all the related volumes.
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