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Opening ARC files

Did your computer fail to open an ARC file? We explain what ARC files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your ARC files.

What is an ARC file?

Files that contain the .arc file extension are compressed archive files. These files are most commonly created as Macintosh Hierarchical File Systems or MS-DOS archives.

ARC files contain an archive of compressed files, allowing users to reduce the size of larger files or take volumes of multiple files and combine them into a single file archive.

This particular file format was very popular in the late 80s but the compression algorithm is now outdated and other file compression formats have taken its place as the newer file formats allow for greater compression of files, making the file sizes smaller and even easier to manage.

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About File Extension ARC

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