WinZip is a popular file compression utility, that lets you combine several files in a folder and compress them to save disk space. The files are saved with .zip file extension and they can be transferred easily over network. You can also make a self-extractor Zip file by adding a plug-in while creating Zip file. The self-extractor Zip files work like an executable file and automatically get extracted when you double click it. However, in some cases, the self-extractor Zip file may not extract and you cannot access stored data from it. This behavior leads to significant data loss and requires Zip recovery to be fixed.
The WinZip self-extractor file can be extract even if you do not have WinZip application on your computer. In a practical scenario of Zip file extraction problem, you may come across the below error message when you try to extract a self-extractor Zip file by double-clicking it:
“WinZip Self-Extractor Header Corrupt. Possible Cause: Bad Disk Or File Transfer Error”
After the above error message, the extraction process gets interrupted and the contents of Zip file remains inaccessible. In order to extract the Zip file, you must first figure out the root of this problem and then repair Zip file by sorting it out. What causes WinZip self-extractor header corruption errors? This behavior of a Zip file may occur if you try to extract the file, which is downloaded from Internet. As stated in the above error message, this problem may occur due to any of the below reasons:
The file is damaged during the download process.
Your computer has a virus that has damaged the Zip file. If your system is not infected by any virus, then the Zip file itself may have virus.
The self-extractor file header, which contains all significant information about the file such as file type, file size, and file location, is corrupt and thus WinZip can not read the file. Solution
In order to extract Zip file in such cases and access data from it, you need to use repair zip file software to repair and restore the damaged Zip file. The applications use powerful scanning methods to thoroughly scan entire Zip file and recover all corrupt data from it. The applications repair Zip archive in a secure and straightforward way, with read-only conduct and interactive user interface.
Stellar Phoenix Zip Recovery successfully repairs corrupt Zip files and restores them to original or user-specified storage location. The software works well with WinZip 5.0 to WinZip 12.1. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000.
How to Fix WinZip Self-Extractor Corruption?