What are the Symptoms of Corrupted Archive Files?

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Summary:- Archive File Corruption is a hot potato these days because many users are fed up of the corruption issues. The main reason for this is that the user identifies the archive corruption when it is too late and fails to recover files from it. But it would be cherry on a cake if I tell you the symptoms of corrupted Archive files. If you know the symptoms of corruption then it would be easier for you to repair corrupted archive files at the earlier stage.

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Symptoms of Corrupted Archive files

  • The computer system starts hanging while opening or accessing any particular archive file.
  • The archive file can be opened. But when the data is extracted from the file, it is found unreadable.
  • If the archive file contains documents and some part of the file is missing or unreadable, this means the extracted document is corrupted.

Other than these symptoms, there are some error messages which are the perfect indication of file corruption. Archive File users often encounter these errors and if you are facing any of these errors then it’s high time to repair those archive files.

List of Common Error Messages

Errors of a Corrupt ZIP file

  1. “Expected Zip file header not found.”
  2. “Invalid data into a ZIP file.”
  3. “Cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive.”
  4. “Unexpected end of archive”.

Errors of a Corrupt RAR file

  1. “Unexpected end of archive.”
  2. “The file or directory is corrupt or unreadable”.
  3. “CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) failed” error.
  4. “Cannot open the file: it does not appear to be a valid archive”.

Errors of a Corrupt TAR file

  1. “This does not look like a TAR archive.”
  2. “CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) failed” error.
  3. “Cannot open the file: it does not appear to be a valid archive”.
  4. “Unexpected EOF (end-of-file) in archive”.

Errors of a Corrupt TAR.GZ file

  1. “File filename.tar.gz is corrupt”.
  2. “Unexpected end-of-file”.
  3. “File is corrupted and cannot be opened”.
  4. “CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) failed” error.

Errors of a Corrupt 7Z file

  1. “Unable to open a 7z file.”
  2. “Unable to launch an application because one or more application files are either missing or corrupt.”
  3. “7z file become corrupted and must be repaired before you can view it.”
  4. “CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) failed” error.

Whenever you encounter any error which is mentioned above, then be prepared to face the archive file corruption issues because the occurrence of these errors is the symptom of the corrupted archive file.

If the user finds any symptoms of corruption then he must immediately repair the Archive file with the help of the SysInfoTools Archive Recovery tool because severe corruption can lead to the loss of whole data.


I have given you enough symptoms of Archive corruption and I hope you will be able to recognize the corruption at an earlier stage. If in case you identify the corruption at the last stage then full recovery of the compressed files is impossible. It is better to prevent corruption rather than cure it later. I hope my article is informative in terms of upgrading your knowledge about the symptoms.

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