Recovering ZIP Files

As the processing power of computers increases every year according to the Moore's law and operating system and software programmes become more and more capable, file sizes are becoming bigger and bigger. Gone are the days when a hard drive capacity of 5 GB drive was considered staggering. Today, commonly available hard disks have a capacity of 160 GB or even more to accommodate burgeoning file sizes.

Text files, publishing documents and presentations take up a good amount of real estate on the hard disk but real space guzzlers are digital pictures and video and audio files. The file sizes for the latter may run into several hundreds of MB.

Big-sized files quickly fill up hard disks, are difficult to fit into removable storage media and are an absolute pain to send over wires. What is the solution? The answer: compress them and reduce their size drastically.

The most popular way to do this is by Zip. It is an open-format compression algorithm that reduces digital data to a fraction of its normal size. This has great benefits. Compressed files take much less space on a hard disk and therefore zipping them before archiving for long term makes great sense. A lot of data can be stored as archives in a relatively smaller space if the files have been zipped.

Zip enables people to store more files on the same tape drive or hard disk, thus ensuring that they get more juice from their digital storage media and postponing their decisions for buying a larger capacity drive. If there are some huge files lying on your hard disk that you do not normally need, you can zip them and free a lot of disk space.

Compressed files are easily portable as even large files can easily fit into a low-capacity removable storage media such as CD or USB drive. Since zipped files are of much less size than the original, it is a good idea to compress files using Zip before emailing them. Such emails with attached zip files can be sent much faster. Also, downloading zipped files is much easier and takes far less time, which translates into reduced downloading charges from the Internet service provider.

A single zip file can actually hold many separate files inside it, which is a very good way of bunching similar files together. This way, many files can be distributed to people by email or CDs as a single unit, without worrying that one or more files may go missing.

Winzip is a very popular compression utility for Windows available commercially that uses the Zip format and adds many extra features to it.

Zip files can become inaccessible due to many reasons. They may get corrupted or damaged and as a result cannot be opened. Many zip files are received over email and may not open or get corrupted if downloading breaks midway. Other cause of zip file failure include virus or worm attack, accidental or deliberate deletion by the user and emptying of Recycle Bin, hard disk reformatting, hard disk crash, bad sectors, abrupt system shutdown and a range of software errors. Sometimes, a zip file may just become untraceable on your hard disk.

Zip files may look small but they contain a lot of data. Many data archives are made up of only zip files. When these become corrupted, lost or otherwise inaccessible, a huge amount of critical data is jeopardised.

Rapid Recovery DIY has uniquely powerful algorithms that scan the hard disk, locate the zip file by identifying its file structure and go on to recover all the data fully and then make it accessible to you again. It supports all commonly available zip utilities.

Rapid Recovery is quite simple to use with easy to follow on-screen instructions, without the need for any special technical knowledge or training. It is a totally non-destructive and safe way of recovering lost or damaged data and works with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

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