Repair Zip File showing “Not a valid Archive’ Error

You might have seen an error stating that “Cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive" while trying to extract Zip file. This happens when part of the Zip archive gets corrupted. And, the reasons for Zip file corruption are listed below-

  • Storing ZIP file in corrupted storage medium
  • Interruption during transfer
  • Virus infection
  • Recovery of deleted Zip archive using unreliable tool

Fixes to Resolve ‘Not a valid Archive’ Error Message while Opening a Zip File

Fix #1- Use alternative unzipping tool to decompress Zip file. In case, you get the same error message even when you use other decompressing tools, then try out the next method.

Fix #2: In case, you are getting an error while extracting the downloaded Zip file, then re-download it. If it doesn’t solve the error, then go to next method.

Fix #3: If nothing works and you fail to extract Zip file, then use reliable and advanced Zip Repair tool like SFWare ZIP File Repair Software to fix your corrupted Zip archive.

Repairing Zip File showing Not Valid Archive Error using SFWare ZIP File Repair Software-

SFWare ZIP File Repair Software is designed with a simple graphical user interface which fixes and renders error-free Zip file in few minutes. It helps to fix corrupted ZIP and ZIPX file. After completion of ZIP file repair, you can extract Zip archive easily without any error.

Here are the Steps to Fix Corrupted Zip File Showing not a Valid Archive Error-

Step 1. Download, install and launch SFWare ZIP File Repair Software on your computer

Step 2. Choose corrupted Zip file using Browse button

Step 3. Hit Repair button after selecting damaged Zip archive

Step 4. After completion of repair process, Save corrupted Zip file in any accessible location

More About SFWare ZIP File Repair Software:

  • Has capability to fix password protected Zip archive
  • Easily repairs Zip file damaged due to oversize issue
  • Helps to fix Zip file saved on any external drives
  • Works on read-only concept

SFWare ZIP File Repair Software provides demo version which you can use to evaluate the capability of this software. As it provides Preview option after completion of repair process, you can check the repaired file before saving. Even, the software offers round the clock technical assistance to solve queries regarding the product.


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