Open Broken and Corrupted RAR files

How many times this has happened to you that when you get an rar attachment and it don’t open because its broken or corrupted ? or how many times when you have downloaded a movie (say 7 parts or 8 parts) only to realize later that the rar files are broken.

Also wouldn’t it be awesome if you can preview the rar files movies, say if you have 7 parts then instead of downloading all of them, joining them and then watching it, how about you just download the first part and watch it to see the quality of the movie or song or video ?

The problem with winrar is when you open a broken rar file, it gives you a warning that the rar is broken and rar creates the folder with no file in it. This is the default setting of winrar but you can change it to open broken, corrupted or partially downloaded file (specially media files which you can plan on VLC media player)

This is what you have to do -

1. On the rar file, right click and click on Extract Files …
2. It will show you a window where you can select the folder where the file should be saved. Now select the checkbox where it says Open Broken Files (see the below image)

and click on OK. Now as usual if its a partial file or broken file, winrar will again give you warning, just cancel it. Once the operation gets over, you should see the partial file or files which winrar was able to extract. This tricks works really well on movie files which are broken into parts, you can download the first part of the movie, extract it to see the quality of it and to decide whether you should download the full movie or not. It also works well for multiple files rar achieve as winrar may be able to extract many files.

Unfortunately if there is a single standalone file which is in corrupted rar file, you will be able to get much from it. You can try to repair the rar file but I have never seen it working. Also note that if you have a middle part of the rar, say 2nd or 3rd part of a three part rar archive you won’t be able to get anything as the meta information of every rar file is in the first part.

Edit - You can also try to use 7 Zip software. I have used it many times and it does recover broken zip and rar files. I will make a separate post on 7 zip but felt its worth mentioning it here.

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19 Responses to “Open Broken and Corrupted RAR files”

  1. 1putriworld on Dec 7, 2009 :

    thanks a lot…u r really works for me..

  2. 2Manish on Jan 2, 2010 :

    thanks a lot for ur idea…,

  3. 3Ahmed Nawaz on Feb 14, 2010 :

    Now I Can Download Movies Without any fair.

  4. 4Sunny Masumi on Mar 5, 2010 :

    thanks man ur the best, it helped me alot . . .

  5. 5lea on Apr 9, 2010 :

    work of a genius… thanks

  6. 6vishal on Apr 27, 2010 :

    hey dude thnx 4 ur guidance bt jab maine kia aaisa thn poora nai hua hua extract woh video jst half hua so wt cn i do nw..plzzzzzzzz tell me

  7. 7Abhimanyu on Apr 29, 2010 :

    @vishal - ofcourse you won’t be able to get full file from broken/corrupted/damaged file

  8. 8vishal on Apr 29, 2010 :

    thn wt can i do to get back dis full file

  9. 9Monarch on Jul 20, 2010 :

    Thank You for Giving me this Idea my files are recovered !!!!!!!!!

  10. 10Muhammad Shahwan on Aug 15, 2010 :

    Thanks! that was pretty useful

  11. 11saif on Aug 26, 2010 :

    very.v.v.v.v.v thank
    for your help

  12. 12Tsais on Oct 16, 2010 :

    regrettably, WinRAR doesn’t have the options your version has…

    I wonder if I need an older version or a newer version… what version was the one you used?

  13. 13Anil on Oct 30, 2010 :

    than Q sooooooo much..u r really works for me

  14. 14Abhimanyu on Nov 2, 2010 :

    @Tsais - you sure ? I am using an older version but this is very basic feature which should be there in all winrar versions

  15. 15Brave on Jan 27, 2011 :

    Thanks Mate, Helped alot.

  16. 16Shayari on Feb 10, 2011 :

    I was always facing problem to open a .rar file . It was showing error “window cannot open this file ” Now after this my problem has been solved .Thank’s for this tip

  17. 17haythem on Feb 27, 2011 :

    thamks alot it works
    it works :D

  18. 18Ajay on May 27, 2011 :

    i have a rar file but does not open.when i open the file then message the file or directory is corrupted and unreadble. so please help me .how it problem solved

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