MacOS – How to retrieve image files from a damaged zip archive file


When i tried to unzip using the Mac default Archive zip utility and the error message:
Error 1 - Operation not permitted.

Then I tried using 7zx and got the error message:
Cannot open the files as archive file

How can I retrieve image files from the damaged zip archive file?

Are there any tools to retrieve at least some of my files from the damaged zip file?

Best Answer

  • are you sure that the file is an actual Zip file as you will get this message on a file that has been renamed as .zip when it isnt in fact a Zip file.

    The only real way to tell is to use a HEX editor such as 0xED to check the first few bytes are the characters PK.