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Indexing .rar file contents

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We have some large .rar files on a windows server, containing some other pdf/xls or other kind of files inside, when we need to search for some files we must look inside all the rar files (hundreds) one by one. so.. .my question is, would it be possible to index the contents of these rar files and search within them off the index file so we can do directly to the rar file containing the file we are looking for?

thank you!
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by:Tony Giangreco
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You need to extract the files from the rar archives before they can be indexed. I suggest using a tool like this to expand them in batch mode and then allow Windows to index then normally. You could also update the Windows Index to include them manually.

http://www.techwalls.com/batch-extract-winrar-zip-files-extractor/

Hope this helps!
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I can't extract the files, i need to index the contents (file name and extension are enough) as they are without the possibility of expanding/extracting the files.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Windows can't index those files if they are in a compressed file.
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by:celtician
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thats why i ask if there is any application able to do that :)
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As far as i can see, that application will decompress the files before indexing them, will this leave them uncompressesed? I won't have enough space for this on my server...
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No hints?
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it may work....
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