PAR file extension is used by Parchive volume files. PAR file contains marked sequence of bytes generated based on the data archive, which allows data recovery in case of loss or data corruption.
Files with PAR extension are used in the process of multiple-volume data archive recovery. If the file archive has damaged or deleted, PAR file can be used to recover the archive.
PAR files are commonly used on Usenet service as it was designed to be for sharing files on the Usenet. Thanks to Usenet, the format became very popular and is now also used to protect data from unexpected loss or corruption.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PAR files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with PAR suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Problems with accessing PAR may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with PAR files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with PAR files.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PAR files is that no program that can handle PAR files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select parchive or one of the recommended programs (for example, UnRarX) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit parchive website and download the installer.
You still cannot access PAR files although parchive is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why PAR files are not compatible with parchive. The latest version of parchive should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
After installing parchive (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PAR files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the PAR file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
Should it happed that the PAR is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. PAR file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic PAR file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with PAR extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Parchive Index Format file.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open PAR files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Parchive Index Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with PAR files affecting older versions of given software.
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