Quick tips to tackle “unsupported compression method” error messages when working with zip files

The popularity of zip files has led to the proliferation of numerous zip archive applications. While you may be familiar with some of the leading names such as WinZip and WinRaR, there are countless other zip applications that you may not be familiar with. Many of these of applications or certain versions tend to support compression methods which are typically not supported by all zip archive applications.

What causes an unsupported compression method error message

When an user decides to compress a batch of files into a zip archive, he can choose from a variety of compression methods. These can range from Enhanced Deflate, bzip2 to PPMd. Based on the version of the application the user has at his disposal, he may decide to use a compression method which offers maximum compression and this can lead to complications. Let’s explore it with an example. While working on a batch of files, your colleague in office uses the latest version of WinZip to compress the files using LZMA compression method. Once has created the zip file he sends them across to you. Now assume you are working from your old PC at home and its an XP machine with WinZip 8 installed on it. It is very likely that once you try to open the file, you will experience an unsupported compression method error.


Quick tips to resolve the issue


When you receive such an error message it is quite likely that you would not have anticipated it. In such a scenario the best way often involves getting another copy of file, which has been compressed using a standard method. If the possibility of getting another copy is remote, you can try downloading the latest version of your favorite zip application and try opening the file. Alternately you can download a different zip application and check whether it can resolve the issue. If the file still does not open then its time you get hold of an effectual zip repair tool to open the zip archive.


If you quickly scan the internet for an appropriate zip repair tool, you will soon find that that DataNumen Zip Repair is invariably the best. It comes loaded with host of advanced features such batch recovery and capacity to extract zip archives from myriad media types. Besides helping you negotiate most issues that can you are likely to experience while dealing with zip files, DataNumen Zip Repair can also serve as an effective forensics tool.  In case you are receiving “unsupported compression method” error message, just use the DataNumen Zip Repair application to open the zip archive. The application can quickly extract the contents of the zip file in quick time.




Author Introduction:

Alan Chen is President & Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including zip repair and rar repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com .



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