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[Feature Request] Support for compressed files

support archives zip rar 7z compressed files

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#1 kotze2007

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:29 PM



is it possible to add support for compressed files like zip, rar or 7z? Because it is a nice feature for archives to use the content without extracting. I would like to do it all with one application and I love ImDisk for mapping all images like vhd, iso, nrg and so on, please expand this feature set :-)


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#2 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:39 AM

It is entirely possible, if the access is read-only, most probably "solid" images are not possible.


The idea is to use devio and a proxy, like:




But of course someone must write (or adapt if existing) the code.


JFYI, the WinArchiver VirtualDrive is Free (should work with all formats since it uses 7z-dll):

And of course the Pismo File Autdit package:

which works with Zip.


It is worth of note how the good guys at Pismo explain why they put together a new compressed file format (because the compressed file formats are not suited to be used efficiently for "random access" due to lack of proper indexing structures)





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