How To Repair Corrupted Archive Files In Windows?

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    August 7th, 2013
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Summary:-Archive files are those files that contain one or more files along with their data. We use archives in Windows to collect multiple files into a single file for easier portability and storage. These are simply compressed files to use less storage space. But, what if we get corrupted these files and then how to repair corrupted Archive Files in windows?.

It’s quite common to come across a corrupt Archive File when we download these files from the Internet with low speed or interrupted Internet connection. We can download the files again and it may resolve the issue, but if redownload is not possible, then what we’ll do?

Whenever Archive Files get corrupted, we receive some onscreen errors. Some of them could be like the following:

  • “Cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive”.
  • “File Path: Either multipart or corrupt ZIP archive”.
  • Error Message: “Header Corrupt” while opening a .zip file.
  • “WinZip self-extractor header corrupt”.
  • ZIP file corrupt error when using Response. Binary Write.
  • Unexpected end of the archive.

Then you must see the methods to repair damaged Archive Files. In this blog, we’ll show you 3 ways to repair corrupt Archive Files whether it’s damaged, corrupted, or partially downloaded.

Method 1: Repair Corrupted Archive Files Using WinRAR

If we don’t have a licensed version of WinRAR, we can download a free version which gives us about 40 days to try it out.

Step 1. Right-click on your corrupted Archive File and select “Open with WinRAR” from the context menu.

Step 2. After opening WinRAR, click on the “Tools” menu and select “Repair archive”.

Step 3. Click the “Browse” button to select the destination location to save the extract. Leave the archive type as it is and click “OK”.

Step 4. After finishing the repairing of the Archive File by WinRAR, click the “Close” button.

We’ll see a repaired archive created in the same folder as the corrupted archive.

Method 2: Extract Broken Archive Files

The above solution may not be the permanent solution in some cases, and after repairing the Archive files it may still say that the files are inaccessible. Then we can attempt to extract the content in the RAR/ZIP archive. There is an option in WinRAR to extract broken files using which we can actually extract the broken or corrupt files ignoring all the errors, whatever error it is. Now follow the steps:

Step 1. Double-click on corrupted Archive Files to open it in WinRAR, then Click on “Extract to” in the toolbar at the top.

Step 2. Choose the destination folder where you want to extract the files, and most importantly, we have to check the “Keep broken files” option under the “Miscellaneous” section.

Step 3. Click on OK and wait until the files are extracted. Finally, we have all the files present in our RAR/ZIP archive.

Method 3. All in One SysInfo Archive Files Repair Tool

SysInfo Archive Repair tool is one of the best tools to repair corrupted Archive Files that are inaccessible or unreadable files. Try this tool to make your Archive Files accessible. We have also the trial version of this tool.

Here are some prominent features of this tool:

  • Quick Recovery of Zip Files
  • Multiple Archive file Recovery
  • Extract Large/Corrupted Archive file
  • Support ZIP Files from MAC OS
  • Dual Recovery Modes
  • Search & Preview of Zip Files
  • Recovery from External Media
  • Advanced GUI

Now follow step by step solutions to repair corrupted Archive Files in windows:

Step 1. Launch Archive Recovery. Select either single or multiple files then click “Browse” to the select single ZIP file.

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Step 2. Selected ZIP files will be listed in the edit box. Click “Next” to continue the process.

Step 3. All the files will be shown in the list. Click “Next” to continue the process.Repair Corrupted Archive

Step 4. Click “Browse” and define a location for saving the recovered output. You may also save them at the original location.

Step 6. Now click “Save” to start the saving process. It may take a few seconds.

Step 7. After a few seconds, the saving process is completed. Click “OK” and close the application.Repair Corrupted Archive


Now you know the ways how to repair the corrupted Archive File in windows. There are also various third-party Archive Files repairing tools available on the internet, but before buying the paid tools, you must try the DIY techniques to fix the Archive files corruption issues. If the DIY techniques won’t work then you must try the Professional Archive recovery tool to fix damaged archive files.

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