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FAQ / ARCHIVE MANAGEMENT > HOW TO ADD OR REMOVE ARCHIVE CONTENT
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Add and delete files from archive



HOW TO REMOVE (DELETE) FILE FROM EXISTING ARCHIVE

HOW TO ADD FILE TO ARCHIVE / UPDATE CONTENT

EXCEPTIONS PREVENTING ARCHIVE BEING MODIFIED

MORE INFORMATION ON EDITING ARCHIVES

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To remove a file or a folder from an existing archive (i.e. ZIP or 7Z file, but corrent instructions works for any write-supported format) press Cancel or use Delete > "Delete from archive function".
A confirmation dialog will be prompted allowing to cancel the operation if desired.
The removal from an archive means the file/folder is actually deleted, not moved to recycle bin, and it will be likely not recoverable.

To delete the entire archive while it is being browsed, from dropdown menu on the right of "Secure delete" button it is possible to select any supported deletion function - recycle, quick delete, zeroe content, and secure delete.

How to add file to archive / update content


To update or add files to an existing archive, with the archive opened in PeaZip, files/folders can be dragged to the archive to be added: the application will show archive update interface and the operation can be confirmed pressing "Ok" button.

It could also be used the Add button or menu entry to go to archive update interface; no file/folder will be yet listed to be added in this case, and can be added dragging files to PeaZip or using archive creation's input list context menu: the list of input objects (in the top area of the window) can be modified dragging files/folders on it, or rightclicking and using its context menu functions (add files, add folder, remove selected objects etc); the archive will be not updated until the operation is confirmed with "Ok".

Exceptions preventing archives being modified


Some archives cannot be updated (neither adding nor removing files) because of:
  • solid mode compression is used, that means compression of subsequent data depends on statistical analysis of previous data (which usually brings better compression fine tuning the statistical analysis of the input), so removing files will result in the need of re-compressing the whole archive, which may be cumbersome.
  • the archive type is read-only supported (solely for extraction or browsing operations), so lacking the ability (or being prohibited by the format licensing terms, in the case of RAR files) to modify archive content, data cannot be neither added nor removed.
At current level of development of PeaZip files/folders are added to the archive's root level; this limitation can be avoided i.e. adding data that is already inside a folder, or in a nested subfolder, since the folder nesting will be replicated in the archive.
Hint: to edit an encrypted archive the password must be provided for being able adding or removing content to the password protected file.

More informations on editing archives


External online resources: solid compression7zip software domain Wikipedia page.

Topics and search suggestions: add and remove files / folders / directories to existing archive, edit and update data inside compressed file wiki, replace archive content, modify zip file on Microsoft Windows and Linux systems, delete archived files form existing package, solid compression mode.


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