How to check an md5 checksum to ensure your file is a-okay to flash
I just wanted to take the time to show how to check a downloaded file to make sure it isn't corrupt.
1. Download an md5 sum checker, a good one for windows users is: WinMD5 Free - Windows MD5 Utility Freeware
2. Get a file to check
a) My example will be the recovery image from the following site: Recoveries | PvilleComp's
b) I'll be using the 126.96.36.199 recovery image with an md5 of: e8ac35ddc1c37000bb0852d1f380b5bb
3. Open your md5 checker
4. Paste the md5 listed for the file you downloaded into the appropriate box
5. Click browse and navigate to the file you want to validate
6. Click Verify and you are done.
Thanks for reading!
Last edited by akwonder; 09-09-2012 at 06:54 PM.
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01-24-2012 12:19 AM
Excellent informative post!!
Sent from my jailbroken iPhone 4s
BAMF'd Galaxy Nexus
If you want to check a file on your phone, you can use Astro. Long press on the file and select details, you should see the MD5 pop up.
Also an MD5 is important for checking against a corrupt download but it doesn't check the originating file for corruption. Therefore, it's important that you download from trusted sources. We've had numerous people download files from YouTube videos or outdated Android articles that caused a lot of damage to their phones. Stick to trusted download sites like those that come directly from the developer or guys like Doug Piston (his files are trustworthy but he will corrupt your morals).
When in doubt, ask. Thanks for putting this together ak.