Repair Corrupt Zip Archive

Posted by: Leo Mccoy

Zip is an eminent tool widely used for compressing and /or decompressing data files and folders into a single Zip file for convenient data storage and sharing purpose. Zip uses a file format extension .zip. Archiving any data provides handiness as any number of data files and folders can be compressed into a single .zip file. This keeps the data safe and easily accessible.

Zipping is essentially important in emailing and online sharing of large files like games, movies, business related documents, software and so on. Other benefits include: protection from data loss and maintaining privacy, compressing of files in order to occupy less space which makes data transfer and storage easier. Another plus point for archiving files is that ZIP files can be encrypted.

As ZIP is an open source offering multiple functionalities, as well is liable to all kinds if threats and viruses. Nonetheless, all kinds of Zip related bloomers including corruptions on encrypted Zip files can be fixed if precise action is taken. Read on to get an idea how Zip files get corrupted and what‘s the right action to be taken in order to fix them.

General sources leading to Zip Archive error:

  • Downloading and /or sharing errors in Zip Archive files while accessing via online servers.
  • Differences in information regarding the data saved in ZIP file directories.
  • Inconsistencies or bugs in the header of the .zip file.
  • Any third party software making access or modifying the ZIP Archives can corrupt Zip files.
  • Any virus or malware infection can easily corrupt ZIP Archives.

How to prevent Zip Archive corruptions?

  • Save all the valuable Zip Archives safely on any volume in a way that it is secure from corruptions.
  • Carry out timely scans for any malicious software and viruses on your disk.
  • Add an UPS device to make sure the computer is free from sudden power outages.
  • Take utmost care while transferring Zip files and always download Zip files from a trusted place.
  • Despite of utmost care taken, there still are chances for errors. The best action to maintain any data safe from accidents is to create and maintain a backup copy of all the important Zip files.

How to fix corrupt Zip Archives?

The best solution to repair corrupt Zip Archive is to try to obtain another copy of the Archive. For instance, if the Zip Archive was downloaded from internet, try re-downloading it. If the Zip File is stored on a removable drive, try using a different drive, if possible as the removable drive that you are using to access the Zip files may be malfunctioning. If the above mentioned tricks are of no use or if the Zip Archive is an encrypted one and you don’t have the access for it, well in these cases, you need to get a reliable third party repair application to fix damaged Zip Archives.

Remo Repair is the best tool to fix corrupt zip archives in this situation:

Some of the highlights of Remo Repair ZIP:

  • Restores Zip Archives from inaccessible Zip files.
  • Repairs .zip files that display error notes like:  “Cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive”, “Zip file header not found”, “error 42125 Zip archive corrupted” and other errors.
  • Fixes Archives that appear to be broken as a result of interrupted download or improper file transfer.
  • Repairs Zip Archives that were damaged while recovering from accidental deletion or files modified by other applications.
  • Fixes Zip Archives affected by virus or malwares.
  • Perform Zip Archive repair even on faulty or damaged disks, removable memories and Bad Sectors.
  • Fixes CRC errors in Zip archive.


Steps to Repair corrupt Zip Archive using Remo Repair ZIP:

Step 1: : To perform Zip file Repair, install and run Remo Recover on your computer and select the corrupt Zip files using "Browse".

Fix Damaged Zip Archives - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: You shall see this screen after you hit the "Repair" button..

Fix Damaged Zip Archives - File Repair

Figure 2: Repair Process

Step 3: Once the repair process is complete, preview all the rescues items from the Archive.

Fix Damaged Zip Archives - Recovered Files

Figure 3: Preview Files

Step 4: Save files on any desired location using "Save" option.

Fix Damaged Zip Archives - Save Files

Figure 4: Save Rescued Items