How to Fix “Compressed (Zipped) Folders” Error in Windows

Yesterday, when I was trying to copy some files to my new microSD card (that I was eventually going to use in my smartphone), Windows 10 suddenly threw up the “Compressed (Zipped) Folders” error. This error read – “Please insert the last disk of the Multi-Volume set and click OK to continue”. This caused the file copying process in the middle and I had to take the microSD card out of my notebook computer forcibly. When I attached it again, another similar error window opened up.

After some analysis of the situation I figured out that the error was caused because I was copying the ZIP files to the SD card and the file copying was interrupted in the middle.

Compressed Folders Error in Windows

To resolve and prevent this error, you can follow these steps:

1. Reinstall the USB drivers once again
The device drivers responsible for the smooth file transfer between various storage devices through your USB ports may become corrupt. You need to reinstall them. You can do this simply by opening up the Device Manager (to open it, press Win+X hotkey, then select Device Manager from the menu) and then right-click on the USB controllers one by one and choose Uninstall. Make sure you have a PS/2 mouse to work your computer with or it will become unresponsive.

Compressed Folders Error in Windows

2. Clean motherboard and connectors
Cleaning the inside of your computer keeps it running smoothly. As far as USB storage devices are concerned, a heavy layer of dust over USB connectors and motherboard can reduce its performance and can make it unreliable. You can use a soft paint brush to remove the dust and then use an isopropyl alcohol spray can to sanitize the motherboard and all the USB ports as well as the connectors.

3. Use a third party file manager to copy files
Apparently this error is shown because of the inbuilt compressed folders feature in Windows File Explorer. You can perhaps minimize the possibility of this error by installing third party software like 7-Zip, WinRar or PeaZip in Windows. But if you are not averse to the use of third party file managers, then it is better to use them to completely prevent this error. There are many third party file managers available like Midnight Commander or Far Manager.

4. Format the USB storage device that caused this error
This error could also indicate some issues with the file system of the USB storage device (in my case the microSD card). So it is wise idea to backup the files from your storage device and format it before reattaching it once again to your PC.

I hope these tips can prevent and eliminate the “Compressed (Zipped) Folders” error in your Windows PC. If it still continues to haunt you, then you can always restore the PC to a previous state.