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HashTools 2.0.0 - Single File Verification

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kevinp
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I like the idea of multiple files, especially if the md5 hash was available as suggested here http://www.binaryfortress.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2018.msg9673#msg9673.

Does this mean the single file verification (click on file, paste in hash, compare) is no longer available? If it is, I can't seem to figure it out.

Thanks,

Kevin
Aug 21, 2010  • #1
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Soikrul
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There are several ways to verify single files in HashTools 2.0.0.

-Right-click on the file you wish to hash and select "Hash with HashTools"
-Open HashTools and drag the file you wish to hash into the HashTools window
-Open HashTools and click the "Add File(s)" button, then choose whichever file you wish to hash

EDIT: I just realized you were talking about the "compare" field from the old version of HashTools. No, that is no longer available - you will have to manually compare the hash to HashTools output. However, as you may have noticed there is still a "compare" field in HashTools 2.0.0, it's just not a text box now. It is meant for use with .sfv files (and hopefully .md5 in the future), which I assume was meant as a replacement for the old method.

So in short, yes, what your asking can be done. You just have to save a .sfv file to do it.
Aug 21, 2010  • #2
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kevinp
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Thank you Soikrul.

You are correct: I was talking about the compare field.

Instead of having to manually compare the hash, I would paste the hash into the compare field.
Aug 21, 2010  • #3
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Soikrul
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Personally I feel that .sfv files are a better way to go about things, or more automatic at the very least. Where they do fall short is if someone were to do something like send you an e-mail with a hash or if you wanted to compare any hash type except for .sfv (or .md5 depending on the tool you use) and didn't feel like doing it manually.

Of course, manual comparison is hardly more difficult... For my purposes it was a fairly useless feature, but you seem to have gotten use out of it and it certainly wasn't hurting anything.
Aug 22, 2010  • #4
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Pasting in a hash for comparison isn't currently supported, but I plan to do this for the next version.
Aug 26, 2010  • #5
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kevinp
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Cool. I chose HashTools because it was simple and did what I needed - which was every month or so create a hash and to verify a hash on one or two files. About a year ago or so, I read about a best practice regarding archiving photography files:

http://www.dpbestflow.org/data-validation/data-validation-overview

After I read the article, I started thinking about how I could incorporate the steps into my workflow. I started looking for a tool that could create the MD5. There are several out there. HashTools - at the time - was a one file at a time hash utility. Now, it is a multiple file hash utility.

Thus, my wish for a one-file app and a MD5 multiple-file app. I have a program (32-bit; would a 64-bit app make a difference?) that creates a simple hash and I am amazed how long it takes to create the hashes on even 100 files (which are 16MB in size; not sure if that makes a difference). If I had a choice I would give up the one-file feature for more speed.
Aug 26, 2010  • #6
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Hash comparison is back! Just update to version 2.0.1:
http://www.binaryfortress.com/hashtools/

Right-click on a file in the list, select "Set Compare Hash" and generate your hashes.
Aug 27, 2010  • #7
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