MD5 checksums for wbfs backups - master listing [please contribute]
I have began an effort to backup my Wii games to USB hard drive as they are pretty cheap now for 1TB of space.
The issue I have is that some discs are heavily scratched from child usage, etc. So I decided the best way to verify a good dump of game versus a bad dump was to match my MD5 checksum to a list of confirmed MD5 for same game.
But this is where I am getting stuck, seems the gametdb only has MD5 or SHA1 hashes for the full ISO file type and not the typical loader dump format of WBFS. So none of those hashes matched any of my wbfs game dumps. So in an effort to help others and myself, I decided I would compile a master list in this thread of game MD5's by verifying same MD5 for a wbfs game file from 3 sources.
Should gametdb want this information, I will provide it to them in a format they can easily import into their database.
I will start by posting mine (3rd post - which is pending mod approval). This list was easily compiled by connecting my drive to my desktop and running a free program called ExactFile that will dump of list of MD5's by looking at all files in a folder. Its multi-threaded so it can run very fast on good machines with multiple cores (i.e. dual core, quad core). You can see from my list that the 4th letter in each game code is "E", so these are all NTSC-U games.
So if you are having game playing issues, this will be a quick way to verify if your game backup is valid.
This listing can also benefit you in the future as well, since the ExactFile tool also can verify files against a checksum listing (they call it digest file) and can be used to verify your files are intact in the future and unharmed by any file corruption.
Please post your MD5 listing and I will compile these weekly into the 2nd thread post.
Guide to Using ExactFile to post MD5 checksum listings:
- click on settings and set the number of threads accordingly. I have quad core so I set it to 4. This will allow it to compute checksums for multiple files
- select the "Create Digest" tab
- drag the the wbfs folder onto program window or select the folder from "..." button
- check "Include subfolders", leave unchecked "Include full paths"
- no click go and wait
NOTE: Feel safe, this programs only reads the game files; it does NOT modify them.