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Corrupted ZIP file due to interrupted downloading

by Dsmith

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I am sure you must have used the file sharing websites some time or the other. You can upload heavy files in these websites, which can then can be downloaded by you or any of your friends. These websites are very useful, especially in today's time as these nobody has got enough time to meet friends or relatives. However, sometimes the files uploaded in a ZIP format do not get extracted when you try to do so. One of the causes of such problem is due to ZIP file corruption. In such cases, you should try to repair ZIP file using some appropriate method. If you are not able to repair ZIP file, then you should use a third-party ZIP recovery software to do so.

Consider a scenario wherein one of your friends has uploaded few photographs in a file sharing website in the form of ZIP files. You download the ZIP file, and try to extract it. However, it fails to do so. An error message is displayed as a result, that is:

"WinZip Self-Extractor header corrupt. Possible cause: bad disk or file transfer error."


The root cause of this problem is that there may have been interruptions while uploading or downloading the ZIP file. If the problem occurred during downloading, then the ZIP file is corrupt which can be repaired.


    To resolve this situation, you should perform the following methods:
  • Open My Computer.
  • Right-click on the drive in which the ZIP file is present and click 'Properties' from the menu that appears on the screen.
  • Click Tools tab.
  • Click the 'Check Now...' option.
  • Select the 'Automatically fix file system errors' check box.
  • Click the 'Start' button to start the scanning.
  • Close the dialog box when the scanning is completed.
  • Download the ZIP file again from the file sharing website.

If you are still not able to extract data from the ZIP file or Internet connection is not available, then you should use a third-party ZIP repair software to repair ZIP file. Such ZIP recovery tools are read-only in nature that do not overwrite the existing ZIP file while scanning it.

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