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HFVExplorer error

Everytime when I download something from here and want to copy the file to my virtual HD, I get:

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Error
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HFVExplorer: C:/Documents and Settings/Closeddoors/Desktop/Vmac/Hfv/After_Dark_2.0x.sit: invalid MacBinary file header

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OK
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It happens with all software I download from here.
I downloaded SoundMaster 1.8.5 from a external site and it worked.

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HFVExplorer is for reading/writing HFV and DSK files. The file you are trying to open is a SIT file. Open it with StuffIt Expander from within your Mac emulator.

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And use Stuffit for Windows only for view... L)

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Yes, but first I have to copy it to your virtual HD. I used HFVExplorer to copy Soundmaster 1.8.5 in 3 modes: MacBinary 2, Raw copy, data fork and Raw copy, resource fork. The only mode that worked was MacBinary 2. In the 2 other modes you can't expand it with StuffIt expander. In MacBinary 2 you see the StuffIt Expander icon that you could double-click.

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How about "automatic"? That works for me 99% of the time.

Edited: Avoiding confusion. See below!

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Then let's not complicate ourselves. This is just a matter of encoding the SIT file in MacBinary so After_Dark_2.0x.sit becomes After_Dark_2.0x.sit.bin and the replacing the corresponding file over here. That way you can copy it into your virtual HD and let StuffIt Expander (which also expand MacBinary files) do the rest.

However because this file is System 6 compatible and I'm using the StuffIt 5.5 engine to encode it (via Greg's Browser) first I need somebody to tell me if that's OK for System 6 users (StuffIt 5.5 is not System 6 compatible, but MacBinary is different format so I don't know).

In the meantime, if you don't want to wait, give an address where I can send you the MacBinary file.

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There are a lot of files on this site that could use that treatment. I have to use Basilisk II (to expand the games) AND Mini vMac (to play the games) when dealing with most mid 80s stuff here. Sad

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Renaming After_Dark_2.0x.sit to After_Dark_2.0x.sit.bin doesnt work, and "Automatic" gives me the same error.

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There are a lot of files on this site that could use that treatment. I have to use Basilisk II (to expand the games) AND Mini vMac (to play the games) when dealing with most mid 80s stuff here. Sad

Does that mean that Basilik II for Windows doesn't need HFVExplorer? Is this issue exclusive to Mini vMac?

Renaming After_Dark_2.0x.sit to After_Dark_2.0x.sit.bin doesnt work, and "Automatic" gives me the same error.

No, the SIT file has to be encoded into MacBinary so it becomes a BIN file that contains a SIT file, hence the ".sit.bin" double extension. I couldn't find any Windows utility that encode into this format (only decode) so you can't do this on your machine.

Bottom line: do you want me to email you the file or would you rather wait until the discussion about this particular matter is over and a solution have been reached?

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I just want a solution, but i dont think there is one Sad
I am going to search for such a program for Windows. I will edit this post if I found one...

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MacWise,

Now I'm a bit confused about the situation. I'm not entirely sure why the original poster needs to do anything other than use "automatic" in HFV Explorer. What is the original poster trying to do? Is his problem just that he is trying to expand a Stuffit 5.5 file in System 6?

Regardless: Basilisk II for Windows users don't need to use HFV Explorer at all. They can just access the Windows system inside of the emulated mac.

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closeddoors1559: Is your problem just that you cannot expand the file? What version of Mac OS are you using?

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Mac OS 7.5.3. HFVExplorer just gives me an error that it's a invalid MacBinary file header, even if it's set to Automatic. I just tried the other options, but then it would not expand.

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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On my system, HFVExplorer transfers the file to my disk image using "automatic, let the program decide" and I can then expand it in Mac OS 7 (expansion is impossible in System 6).

Are you sure you get the "MacBinary file header" error on automatic mode? If you tried transferring AFTER you renamed the file like you said above, you would get the error. But not if you are using the original file.

Automatic mode only gives that particular error when the file has a .bin extension, which your file does not.

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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Also, closeddoors, that file will not expand in Mini vMac. It requires a version of Stuffit that is not supported by the machine that Mini vMac emulates.

So even if you can get it into your hard disk image, you won't be able to expand it.

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That's bad :/
So there's really no solution?
Can someone link me to a SIT file that works for you just to test?

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The sit file that you started with works just fine for me. This one, I mean:

After_Dark_2.0x.sit

I got it from this site. Is that the one you are talking about in this thread?

If you give me an email address, i can send you a disk image containing the expanded contents of that file, which you can then mount in Mini vMac. The files will be usable.

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Ok, here you go:

closeddoors1559 at myself dot com

Thanks for helping Laughing out loud

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In other words, this is all because the file wasn't stuffed the right way. This incompatibility problem is getting so old!

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@MacWise: What do you mean with that?
@WatchSmart: I got the file Laughing out loud

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In other words, this is all because the file wasn't stuffed the right way. This incompatibility problem is getting so old!

@MacWise: What do you mean with that?

I mean the file was Stuffed with version 5 which is not backwards compatible with System 6. I made that clear on Uploading games to this website, but obviously few people read that page.

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Well... the original HFV Explorer problem is something else. I don't understand what was going on in the original post. What he described didn't happen to me when I tried to do the exact same thing with the exact same file.

The stuffit problem is something separate that the original poster would have to deal with if he overcame the HFV Explorer problem.

The stuffit issue dates back to the original Macintosh Garden. Same problem there. The problem carried over as the old files were reuploaded here.

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Instead of importing the files with HFV Explorer, enable the MY PC ICON in the Basilisk or SheepShaver Configuration panel,
then Start up your emulator and import the files using that utility within Emulation
just drag and drop,

(I never use the HFV Explorer, I found it a bit complicated)

I created a download folder at the root of the C drive, so when I import a file, I don't have to dig deep into the Windows directories.

The files are compressed fine except for the .DMG's which are a pain,
I'm also new too in the emulation world.

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Euryale: He's using vMac. It doesn't have that feature.

An HFV Explorer alternative for vMac would be this:

http://minivmac.sourceforge.net/extras/importfl.html

Which may or may not be more complicated.

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Ok, before I discovered Basilisk I was using the Softmac Emulator which of course emulates
from Classic b/w to Performas and it's very easy to setup but has some glitches..

anyway, this Softmac comes with 2 utilities one is called GEMXPLOR (Gemulator Explorer) which is similar to HFV Explorer, and it is used to copy from and to Winworld,
this is really good, although it's an old program..

So Try the GEMULATOR EXPLORER (GEMXPLOR.ZIP )
this is the web:

http://www.emulators.com/download.htm

the other is the TRANSFER utility that I used within the mac emulation
this one is good to IMPORT files into the Mac world but it only works for SoftMac
also it has a bug which corrupts files when Exporting and gave me a lot of headaches
so nevermind this one unless you REALLY want to take a shot at it..

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closeddoors1559, I downloaded my After_Dark_2.0x.sit from http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/after-dark-20. I was successfully able to import that files in HFV Explorer v. 1.3.0. Was that the same link you downloaded it from too?

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Yes, it's the same link. BUT: I found a way to fix it Laughing out loud!

When i have no icon showing up, I'm going back to HFVExplorer, find my Virtual HD, find the file, go to Properties, change the File Type to SIT!, and the Creator to SITx, and most of the time it will work Laughing out loud!

Oh yeah, I downloaded Stuffit Expander 5.5, but it will only work in Basilisk II.

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Another HFV issue, if I may. I downloaded DiskCopy and used HFV to transfer it (with automatic settings) across to my Basilisk Mac drive. However, upon running Basilisk, the file does not appear. I have not had this problem with MacCricket or HarpoonII (the latter is why I need DiskCopy!). Any ideas?

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Nicholas,

One solution would be to forget about HFV Explorer altogether and just check "enable 'My Computer'" in the Basilisk II GUI and access the files that way.

In case you haven't done it: checking that box creates a new hard disk icon on your emulated desktop that allows you to browse your Windows system and just drag files over to your hard disk images INSIDE of the emulator.

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Thanks, watchsmart, that solved the issue.