How to open broken or corrupted RAR files


It happens often that RAR files refuse to open because they are corrupted or broken. Sometimes, downloaded movies which come in parts cannot be extracted due to the same problem. RAR happens to be a native format for WinRAR archiver but a setback of WinRAR is that when a RAR file that is broken is attempted to be opened, a folder is created but without a file within it. This is a default setting but it can be changed so that corrupted, broken as well as partially downloaded RAR files can be manipulated. The process of doing this is as follows:

  1. Right click on the RAR files and from the list, click on the extract files option.
  2. A window will appear showing where a folder can be selected and where it may be saved.
  3. Choose the check box which gives the option ‘Open Broken file’.
  4. Click OK at the bottom of the window.
  5. A warning will pop up but it should be disregarded at this point.

Once this procedure is carried out, it will be possible to see files that were able to be extracted by WinRAR. This process works well for partial files because one portion of a large file could be extracted and sampled for its quality before deciding to download the rest of the file. The unfortunate thing for corrupted standalone RAR files is that nothing much can be got out of them when they are extracted in this manner. Attempts of repair do not yield much.

The use of software known as 7 Zip is also effective for recovery of broken RAR or zip files. This software is an archive utility that is open source under the General Public License. It is designed for Windows and is compatible with all the Windows versions. Most other zip programs exit operation when faced with corrupted files but 7 zip has proved to be effective.

There are instances when RAR files are extracted and when attempts are made to extract them a CRC error appears. Usually, installed WinRAR is supposed to open it without problems and if after a re-download it does not open, then it may have been got from a corrupt source. Broken or corrupted RAR files should not be a setback because with the right ingenuity, they can be extracted successfully. With a number of software such as 7 zip available, opening corrupted and broken RAR files is possible.

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