ZIP File Is Not Empty but Windows Shows It as Empty- How to Fix it?

Sometimes, when you try to open a ZIP file on Windows, the compressed folder is empty message will pop up. You might be shocked to see this ZIP file is empty error since you know that the ZIP archive has folders inside. However, you are not allowed to unzip the compressed ZIP file due to this odd error.

Several users stumbled upon this problem many times and the reason behind this ZIP file is not empty but Windows shows it as empty are,

Incompletely Downloaded ZIP File: Due to causes like culprit proxy settings, network glitches etc. the ZIP file may download incompletely. Even though the browser doesn’t inform you anything regarding partial or incomplete download of the ZIP file, comparing the size of the original ZIP (in the source) with the one you have downloaded perhaps clears this doubt. In case, you found any size difference then re-download the file with proper internet connectively and settings.

ZIP Archive Corruption: If you don’t get any error message but still facing the problem ZIP file is not empty but Windows shows it as empty then, check the ZIP file extension first, if it is correct and you are sure the file was fine (not empty) then it seems the archive is corrupted or affected by virus.

There is not one but several reasons exist due to which a ZIP archive gets corrupt or damaged. Some of the most common reasons for damage or corruption issues in ZIP are virus, improper handling, presence of bad sectors where ZIP files are saved, power failure or improper system termination while transferring/extracting/archiving ZIP archive, sharing ZIP in poor network connectivity etc.

Now what’s next? There is no need to be despaired after encountering ZIP file corruption. You can repair it using WinZip application.

How to Repair Corrupt ZIP File in WinZip?

  • Go to Start menu and click Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Switch to (change directory to) folder where the corrupted ZIP file is saved
  • Type C:\Program Files\WinZip\wzzip -yf zipfile.zip
  • Hit Enter key

If above fix doesn’t help you then don’t lose hope. Because whatever may be the reason behind ZIP file corruption; it is very easy to overcome its issues by repairing broken ZIP file using a reliable ZIP Repair Program. And, among the most suggested tools that can be used to repair broken ZIP file, SFWare Repair ZIP File Software is the prominent one. This utility uses an efficient algorithm and that guides you how to fix broken ZIP file in few minutes. You can also employ this software to repair even password protected ZIP files. It helps in fixing ZIP header damaged due to oversize, CRC errors etc. and allows to access corrupt ZIP easily. The notable thing about this SFWare Repair Zip File Software is that it will not work on your broken ZIP file while repairing. The tool just reads broken ZIP file, extracts information, and creates a new ZIP file with extracted data and works on it. It is designed to work on all Windows platforms like 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, Windows Server 2008 & 2003. It provides preview option to verify repaired files before saving and offers 24/7 technical assistance.

How to Repair Corrupt ZIP Archive?

  • Download and Install SFWare ZIP File Repair Software
  • Run the tool and select corrupt ZIP file using Browse option
  • Hit the Repair key to start repairing broken ZIP
  • When done, check the repaired ZIP file using Preview
  • Save the fixed ZIP file on any desired location

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