The best option for transferring multiple files together should be using zip file compression. This approach provides seamless, lossless file compression when moving files from one storage area to another.
There are many “packing” programs available to compress zip files. Collect multiple files, put them in one folder, shrink that folder and you have a zipped folder ready to move with an email attachment or any other transfer method of your choice.
The recipient of the attachment will also need the same or a similar tool to “unpack” the data contained in the zipped folder. All this can be easily done in just a few clicks.
Unfortunately, the zip folder may be damaged or damaged. There are several reasons for this:
- A virus attack targeting your Windows system. Infectious malware can contaminate a ZIP folder and spread itself to multiple devices, replicating itself.
- A damaged hard drive or other media containing the ZIP folder can also damage the file. Usually occurs when a file or folder is placed in a bad sector of the hard drive.
- Unexpected complications while creating the zip folder, such as power outages, system shutdowns, and any other interruptions that might cause a partial download.
These are just a few examples. However, you can still extract files from the ZIP folder if you have a suitable file recovery tool.
Recovering a damaged or damaged zip folder can be a challenge. Most of the zip folder recovery tools that actually work can be a little expensive. However, there are several free tools that will work as well, some of which you may have already downloaded and installed on your computer.
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How to extract files from corrupted Zip folders
As mentioned earlier, you will need a suitable file recovery tool to extract corrupted files from corrupted zip folder. Below, we have listed a few possible candidates to look out for if you’ve ever encountered ZIP folder corruption.
DiskInternals ZIP Repair
DiskInternals released ZIP Repair as free software. With just a few clicks, you can extract files from the corrupted ZIP folder and place them in a new, undamaged ZIP folder. The wizard’s easy-to-use step-by-step guide makes extraction a breeze.
To use ZIP Repair:
- Download and configure the program, and then run it.
- On the ZIP Repair main screen, click Next to continue. Li>
- Click the Browse button below the Corrupted File field.
- Find and select the corrupted zip file you want to repair and extract. Do the same with the Recovered file field, choosing the location of the clean ZIP folder.
- When finished, click Next.
- You should now see all the files located inside the damaged or corrupted ZIP folder. When you click Next, a new ZIP folder will be created and placed in the location you chose to restore.
- You can now extract the file. You can extract files from the newly zipped folder using Windows or a third-party ZIP tool. Click Finish to close the tool.
WinRAR has a built-in compressed file recovery feature. So if you have a problem with a corrupted ZIP (or RAR) file, try WinRAR.
- Start WinRAR and navigate to the damaged archive using the address bar.
- Select a folder and click “Restore” on the toolbar.
- In the new pop-up window, specify the location of the restored archive, select the archive type and click “OK”.
- Once the recovery is 100% complete, you can navigate to where you saved it to extract the files. It will be named filename_rebuilt.zip.
- After installation, run the tool and select the Repair ZIP file option to start the process.
- Find and select the corrupted zip file on your local drive. All files in the archive will be listed for preview.
- Click the “Repair” button and wait for the process to complete.
- Once the recovery is stopped, you can view all the recovered files in the left menu.
- Open the Run dialog (Windows key + R), type cmd in the box and press Enter. For security, you can always type cmd into the search box on the Windows taskbar, right-click Command Prompt and run it as administrator.
- In a Command Prompt window, change the directories that contain the corrupted ZIP file. the archive is located. Enter “C: Program Files WinZip wzzip” -yf zipfile.zip in the field (including double quotes) and press Enter.
- Be sure to replace the actual drive letter on which WinZip is installed. your computer, as well as the real name of the zip file instead of zipfile.zip.
- To create a split zip file, add s to the end of -yf.
The Stellar File Repair Toolkit
Stellar File Repair Toolkit is one of the best options you can choose when you need a ZIP file extraction tool. The tool is paid, but offers a free trial with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Stellar Fire is great for recovering Microsoft Office content such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations, and corrupted ZIP archives.
This file recovery tool boasts a complete recovery of a corrupted ZIP file without damaging or losing its contents, no matter how damaged the archive is.
This particular tool is the easiest to use on our list and ranks as one of the best on the DiskInternals ZIP Repair list. Zip2Fix really isn’t that much. The easy-to-use interface makes it easy to checkout with just a few clicks.
Launch the tool, click Open, select the corrupted ZIP file and the process will be automatic. The tool will start uploading all recovered files to their original directory without prompting. No referral required.
Did you know that you already had access to a tool on Windows that might try to repair the ZIP file?
Ever since WinZip became a universal app for Windows 10 back in 2016, it has been the first app to extract ZIP files. Together with the command line, you can use it to repair any invalid ZIP file.
WZZIP does not modify the original ZIP file, but instead creates a new ZIP file (or folder) called Filename_FIXED. The â€œFIXEDâ€ file may still contain corrupted data as the original data will remain intact.
As long as the archive in which the data was stored was the only one corrupted, the data itself will remain intact. If the archived data has been corrupted in any way or caused a CRC error, the damaged file will remain.
CRC stands for Cyclic Redundancy Check, which is a calculation that checks the accuracy of all data in a file. The CRC value is calculated and stored in the file so that when the file is retrieved, the original data value can be matched against the current data value to ensure that nothing has been corrupted. If the retrieved value does not match the original value, WinZip will display a CRC error.