I’ve never been a big fan of splitting and joining files because the entire process is normally tedious. A lot of times it requires the receiver of the split files to have a specialized application installed in order to join them back into one single file. It’s an almost impossible chore for anyone that isn’t tech savvy.
One of our readers, "s", tipped us off on a free Windows application called GSplit. As expected, it splits and joins files together, but the receiver doesn’t have to worry about installing an application to unite the files. GSplit automatically includes a standalone combiner when the files are split, and it is extremely lightweight (about 70KB). For example, I split a 1.32MB file into 15-pieces, and the resulting files totaled 1.40MB which included the built-in combiner.
Note: GSplit does require installation in order to split files.
Here are some of the features GSplit has to offer:
- Generates a Self-Uniting program to restore your split files professionally. GSplit is then not required in order to restore the split file.
- Store file properties and restore them: file’s date, attributes are not lost contrary to batch files.
- Detect file corruption using size, offset, CRC32. When a piece is corrupted, you are notified about it, so you just need to get a new copy of that piece, not the whole set.
- Split very large files (bigger than 4 GB).
- Customize piece files according to your needs (size, filenames, title, author…), leave additional space on disks, create pieces without headers (useful for text-based files like large server log files).
- Split multiple files back-to-back in one time, include batch (automating) and command line options.
- Show you elapsed and estimated times during the splitting & uniting operations. You can also pause/resume the splitting operation.
- Store settings into profiles and let you use these settings for different files, remember MRU files and folders, automatically try to find out the best splitting settings…
- Integrate into Windows Explorer to let you split your files directly from the context menu.
Here is a screenshot of the standalone file joiner:
Kudos to "s" for the tip!