7-Zip Data Error Fix (4 Methods)

Calm down when you can't extract files from .7z archive by using 7-Zip. We've collected reliable solutions here to help you fix 7-Zip 'data error' and effectively recover lost .7z files with EaseUS data recovery software.

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7-Zip data error shows up

As for the 7-Zip users, some of you may probably meet data error like this:

"I am having trouble extracting nearly all the files in a 7-zip file that I compressed several months ago.  When I try to extract the files, only 2 out of the 11 files are extracted and an error message pops up saying:
7-Zip: Diagnostic messages:
Data error in 'File Name.' The file is broken! How can I fix this data error and get the lost files back

7-Zip data error.

On this page, you'll find several fixes provided by 7-Zip official website and professional geeks online to effectively repair this error, restoring all valuable files with ease.

7-Zip data error fixes

It is indeed bothering when you have to face this kind of situation. Stay calm, read on and you can fix the '7-Zip data error' with provided solutions on this page.

Method 1. [Official] Fix for 'Data error' by replacing 'bad' .7z archive

According to 7-Zip website, when you receive "Data Error" it means that you almost can't recover the data. But if you have exact copies of files from the 'bad' archive, you can fix this error by doing so:

  • Step 1: Create a similar archive with good copies of files with the same settings, and in the same order.
  • Step 2: Replace "bad" parts of bad.7z with "good" parts from another good.7z,
  • Step 3: You must look listings of files in bad and good archives, logs of "test" command, and think about ways to replace bad parts.
  • Step 4: Mostly, you can directly replace the old .7z archive with the new good one, then you can retry the decompress the file again.

Method 2. Restart 7-Zip and reboot PC

According to some threads on some forums, some users who experienced the same issue on 7-Zip suggest that restarting 7-Zip software and rebooting PC may work and resolve this issue.

Method 3. Clear virus, redownload an extraction tool

Viruses infection is one of the top reasons that may cause the 7-zip data error and many people are eager to know how to fix this error. 

  • First, use your antivirus software to clear the existing virus.

AVG antivirus, quick heal or Norton to scan your computer and get rid of the virus.

  • Second, go to 7-Zip official website to download the tool again. 

Before you download it, you must uninstall the old one. Remember to download the same version as the one when you used it to compress files.

In this way, you can try again to see whether the data error shows up or not.

Method 4. Try zip file repair tool

Mostly, when the zip archive files corrupted, a reliable zip file repair tool or software can help.

Therefore, you can also search "Zip repair tool" online, pick a reliable one for fixing this issue immediately.

Bonus Tip: 7-Zip data error recovery

If you lose or delete the zip archive file on your computer hard drive or external storage device, and want to recover the lost 7-Zip file, read on to find the solution.

Nothing becomes difficult with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This file recovery software supports to restore various types of files including the 7-Zip (.7z) files on Windows 10/8.1/8/7. 

You can easily recover the lost 7-zip file by following the three steps:

Step 1. Choose the file location to scan

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If your lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select the file location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the lost files

The software will start immediately a quick scan for deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files all over the selected drive. After the scan, you can use the Filter to quickly filter a specific file type.

scan the lost files

Step 3. Preview and restore files

Double-click on a file allows for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and browse another safe location to save all the files at once.

recover lost files

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