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.ARC File Extension

File Type 1Norton Backup Archive

4.0 (102 Votes)
CategoryBackup Files

What is an ARC file?

Backup file created by Norton software products, such as Norton 360 and Norton Online Backup; contains a backup of computer files created automatically by the software; may include personal user files as well as system files.

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ARC files are used for storing and recovering files in the event of accidental deletion or system failure. They may be backed up to an off-site location using Norton Online Backup.

NOTE: Since ARC files can include all personal and system files, they may be very large in size.

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Programs that open ARC files
Updated 8/27/2010

File Type 2Compressed File Archive

DeveloperSystem Enhancement Associates
3.7 (44 Votes)
CategoryCompressed Files

.ARC File Association 2

Compressed file archive created either as a Macintosh Hierarchical File System (HFS) archive or an MS-DOS archive using standard MS-DOS compression; contains a collection of compressed files, each being compressed potentially with a different compression technique.

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ARC files were commonly used in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are rarely used now and have been replaced by newer, more efficient compression algorithms.

While ARC files were used primarily for MS-DOS and older versions of Macintosh computers, several current programs can still open them, such as StuffIt and WinZip.

Programs that open ARC files
Updated 11/18/2016

File Type 3African Safari Data File

3.6 (18 Votes)
CategoryGame Files

.ARC File Association 3

Contains music, images, and other data used by Cabela's African Safari; named "data.arc" and is located in the /PSP_GAME/USRDIR/ directory on Sony PSP discs; Cabela's African Safari is available for Windows PC, Xbox, Playstation 2, and PSP.

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The DATA.ARC file is referenced by the African Safari game and should not be manually opened by the user.

Programs that open ARC files
Activision Cabela's African Safari
Updated 3/1/2007

File Type 4Symbian OS Backup File

3.2 (20 Votes)
CategoryBackup Files

.ARC File Association 4

Backup file created for mobile devices that use the Symbian open source operating system; contains both personal and system backup data from the mobile device; used for restoring data in the event it is lost.

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Example ARC files include backup.arc, Messages.arc, Calendars.arc, and Bookmarks.arc.

Programs that open ARC files
Updated 8/12/2015

File Type 5Nintendo Archive File

3.1 (13 Votes)
CategoryData Files

.ARC File Association 5

Archive file used by Nintendo games; contains game properties, such as images, textures, objects, and levels; typically stored within ROMs; can be edited to customize gameplay.

Programs that open ARC files
Updated 8/12/2014

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