How to Recover Corrupted ZIP files

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  • Updated on February 27th, 2019

As ZIP files are the most convenient way to store and send multiple files, the ZIP file format is used by everyone online. It is widely used to compress the files and increase the free space in the hard disk. But it may happen that it may get corrupted even a single bit can cause the entire ZIP file to be corrupted. Well, do not worry at all as I will be discussing the best methods to recover your corrupted ZIP files with great ease.

The Reason behind ZIP file corruption

There are many reasons for data damage. Among those, the most common is the transfer error when downloading ZIP files from the internet. If the damaged ZIP file is on a removable disk, the removable disk may be physically damaged or the data it may have been corrupted. Some other reasons are:

  • Incomplete download process
  • Changes in the format of ZIP file extension
  • Incomplete compression technique

Manual ways to recover corrupted ZIP File

There are several manual methods given which you can try to recover your corrupted ZIP files in a most appropriate way.

Method 1: Using an inbuilt WinRAR Tool

It is capable of recovering  ZIP and RAR files effectively.

  1. Start the WinRAR application then, go to file menu and click Open.
  2. Now choose the corrupted ZIP file in the FIND archive window.
  3. Now, click Open and then press Alt+R button together to start the recovery process.
  4. A message will display “Repairing”.
  5. Click on Browse button once the repairing process gets complete. Save the repaired files.

Note: The above method is only applicable in case of Pre-installed WinRAR application. You can repair the corrupted ZIP file with the help of inbuilt WinRAR tool but it does not repair the other archive files like 7-ZIP, TAR.

Method 2

  1. Press Windows+R button together or click on Start icon and type Run to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Once the Run dialog box opens, enter regsvr32%windir%\system32\zipfldr.dll and click on OK.
  3. The above-given step will enable built-in ZIP support from your computer.
  4. Then, restart your system and check the file.

Method 3

  1. Click on the corrupted ZIP file.
  2. Open the Home tab and click on Properties.
  3. Now set Open with File Explorer, on the General tab and at bottom unblock the Security option. Now, click on OK.
  4. Go to extract in the View tab and click Extract All.

Professional Solution

If the above given manual methods do not work properly then you must opt for ZIP Repair Software. This tool can efficiently extract the corrupted or damaged inaccessible ZIP files easily. It is capable of recovering Zip files in a bulk and can tackle all types of errors related to ZIP files. It is compatible with all the major versions of Windows and is a tool you can completely bank upon.

Bottom Lines:

Above, I have mentioned all the best methods to recover your corrupted ZIP files. I have provided with the top manual methods which you can try. As there are some drawbacks of the manual method so you must go for Automated solution.


About The Author:

Adom Smith is a DataRecoveryHelp Technology Writer. He is a technology enthusiast with over 3 years of experience in Data Recovery, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics. He enjoys researching and sharing DIY solutions as well as tips and tricks for resolving Windows technical issues.

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