Damaged stuffit zip file. Help!

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  1. BLewisMaltz macrumors newbie

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    I have a .zip file that I made with stuffit prior to my harddrive failing. It was an emergency, last minute backup. Now my powerbook is fixed but the zip file won't unzip. It gets to a specific file to uncompress and then quits. If I try using stuffit expander and not the apple decompresser the application quits.

    Please, please tell me there's something I can do. My wedding photos are in this file. There's got to be a way to repair it, or skip through to the other files, or extract some of the files or...or something.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I would try using unzip in Terminal:

    unzip /path/to/file/whatever.zip

    If you just type unzip and a space then drag the zipfile into the terminal window, that should give you the full path.

    If you want to see what's going on use the -v flag:

    unzip -v /path/to/file/whatever.zip

    Unzip might be a bit more forgiving than the GUI versions...
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You have a multifile .zip archive? I am aware of at least two apps that will allow you to open a .zip archive and extract individual individual compressed files from it. They are Stuffit Deluxe and ZipIt 2.2.2.
     
  4. BLewisMaltz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Stuffit Expander quits unexpectedly when I try and unzip the file with it and ZipIt 2.2.2 gives me an error message saying it is unable to open the file.

    I created it with DropZip about one week ago before my hard drive crashed, copied it onto my ipod and then back when the harddrive was replaced.

    Any ideas how I can fix it or open it or something?
     
  5. BLewisMaltz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't know if this helps, but here's what happened when I tried this:

    apple-s-powerbook-g4-15:~ apple$ unzip -v /pile.zip
    Archive: /pile.zip
    End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
    a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
    latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
    the last disk(s) of this archive.
    note: /pile.zip may be a plain executable, not an archive
    unzip: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /pile.zip or
    /pile.zip.zip, and cannot find /pile.zip.ZIP, period.
    apple-s-powerbook-g4-15:~ apple$
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Doesn't look too good. But you could try to fix it:

    zip -F /path/to/file.zip

    You still have the file somwhere else, as backup, before "we" start messing seriously with this one, right...? ;)
     
  7. BLewisMaltz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I have a backup of it. After doing the last suggestion you made, it went through an enourmous amount (possibly all, hard to say, it's a huge backup) of the file and then ended with:

    zip error: Unexpected end of zip file (/pile.zip)
    apple-s-powerbook-g4-15:~ apple$

    Next step?
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Will it list all the files, before complaining that the end of file is inncorect?

    unzip -l /your/file.zip

    (That's a lowe case 'L' in the flag)

    If it does it might be possible to pick out files from the archive by specifying which files you want to get...

    Edit: You didn't "mess" with the settings of DropZip so that it made a multi-part archive, did you? It just made the one zip file?
     
  9. BLewisMaltz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It doesn't list all the files. Just a lot of them.

    And no, I did not make it a multi-part archive.
     
  10. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Then try getting one or more of the files out:

    unzip /your/file.zip *.jpg*

    (assuming the images are in jpeg format, use whatever's appropiate).
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Stuffit Deluxe and Stuffit Expander are very different apps. However, it is likely that a damaged .zip file will fail to open in Deluxe.
     
  12. BLewisMaltz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Go it to work!

    Thank you to all who helped.

    My freaking wedding photos were in there.

    Can't tell you how relieved I am.

    Thanks again to all!
     

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