How to Recover Data From a Corrupt ZIP File

Using a file compression solution to either reduce the size of files on storage media or to share multiple files or large amounts of data with another party is becoming increasingly popular. There’s a good chance you have come across one of these files and eventually, you are bound to come across a corrupt ZIP file. If this ever occurs you will not be able to extract the valuable contents of the file and will be unusable.

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A Corrupt ZIP file can be caused from a variety of issues including bad drive sectors, malware, an incomplete download or transfer such as during a drop in your connection, or any other sudden interruption like a power failure or an improper shut down while working with the ZIP file.

A corrupt ZIP file may open for you anyway, but some of the original files might be missing and attempting to open damaged ZIPs typically causes Windows to prompt with the following error:

“Windows cannot open the folder. The Compressed (zipped) Folder ‘C:UsersTechSpotDesktopWallpaper Collection’ is invalid”

To extract the corrupted files from a damaged ZIP folder, you’re going to need the right file repair tool. Below, we’ve listed a handful of possible candidates that you should look into if you’re ever facing ZIP folder corruption.


WinRAR is a trialware file archiver utility for Windows which can create and view archives in RAR or ZIP file formats and unpack numerous archive file formats. It is one of the worlds most popular compression tool today with over 500 million user worldwide utilizing thetool.

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WinRAR is not actually free, although it might as well be. Technically, you’ll be offered a 40 day trial period, after which you are meant to purchase the app. That said, it will keep working after 40 days, even if you don’t. WinRAR comes with a compressed file repair function built-in. So if you’ve got a corrupted ZIP (or RAR) file problem, give WinRAR a try.

Launch WinRAR and navigate to the corrupted archive using the address bar.
Select the folder and click  Repair  from the toolbar.
In the new pop-up window, provide the location for the repaired archive, select the archive type, and click  OK .

Once the repair is at 100%, you can then go to where you had it saved to extract the files. It will be labeled as .
Disk Internals ZIP repair tool

DiskInternals is an award-winning software development company that is committed to the creating of a wide variety of the high-quality disk and data recovery tools. DiskInternals has released ZIP Repair as freeware tool help you extract the files from the corrupted ZIP folder and have them placed in a new, undamaged ZIP folder. The user-friendly wizard walkthrough makes extraction a simple task....