How to Fix Damaged Zip Files?

ZIP file format is the most popular form of data storage method; it is a file management technique for packing multiple files into a single bundle. ZIP files help in keeping all related files together and make transferring, downloading, emailing and storing files easier. However like any file format with a well-defined structure, ZIP files are highly sensitive to corruption and damage. In case of minor ZIP file damage, no standard ZIP tool will be able to extract its contents. Once a ZIP file gets damaged, it starts throwing many error notifications such as

  • “CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) error”
  • "Cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive" error
  • "Expected Zip file header not found" error
  • “File is corrupted, WinZip cannot open it” error

The above stated errors signify that the ZIP file which you are accessing is severely damaged or broken. ZIP archive files tend to get damaged due to many reasons such as network viruses, download interruptions, CRC errors, sudden power failure, frequent system reboot, incomplete upload or download of ZIP file, hard disk failure, improper system termination, bad sectors, motherboard problem, incompatible ZIP software version, application malfunction etc. In such circumstances previously created backup can solve your ZIP file problem. But, in case if you don’t have an updated backup, then you require an efficient ZIP repair utility to mend your damaged ZIP archive.

Damaged ZIP Repair Utility:

Yodot ZIP Repair utility is a fast and result oriented tool to fix minor and severely damaged ZIP archives on Windows system. The software is embedded with powerful algorithm that repairs and recovers contents of from damaged ZIP file created using any WinZip or any other archiving utility. The application provides an easy to use, simple and user friendly graphical interface through which even a person from non technical background can operate and fix his damaged Zip file. This utility supports repair of both ZIP / ZIPX file types and even it has the ability to repair password protected ZIP archive. Furthermore, this ZIP repair software is compatible to run on all Windows operating system like Windows Server 2003, 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and also the latest Windows 8.

Direction to fix damaged ZIP archive:

  • Download the application from the main site and install the software to a healthy Windows desktop / laptop
  • Run the application and stick to the main screen procedure
  • Click “Browse” button, to choose your damaged ZIP file which is to be repaired
  • Press “Repair” option to start the repair process
  • The software scans and fixes your damaged ZIP file
  • Monitor the repair process by looking at progress bar
  • After completion, the application displays all the contents from damaged ZIP archive
  • Finally, browse for desired destination location to save your repaired ZIP file


  • Avoid interruption while downloading your important ZIP / ZIPX file from internet
  • Backup your important ZIP files on weekly or monthly basis
  • Since viruses are also a reason behind ZIP file damage, remove them with the help of a powerful antiviral program
  • Avoid sharing your important ZIP file over different computer networks