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Windows 7: Would someone be kind enough to explain what Torrents are all about?

19 Jul 2010   #21
StoneHeart

Micosoft Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

If you want to download LEGAL torrents safely then I suggest you install linux or ubuntu on a computer and use that to download and check files, then simply transfer them over to your main computer.
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19 Jul 2010   #22
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoopeeedoo View Post
I really don't realize the interest of torrents...
Well, when a new Linux distro is released, the official servers linking to the file are swamped. So, if you try to download this way, the download can take 20+ hours to complete. However, if you use a torrent to get a Linux distro after release, since you rely on so many different sources you can usually finish the download in about 30 minutes. So, that's what I use torrents for.
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19 Jul 2010   #23
Everlong

 

I thought that guy who made a thread on here yesterday saying he uses Torrents to share photos with his son and daughter was a good use of it. Sure there's other ways too, but it seemed to work well for him.
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19 Jul 2010   #24
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I thought that guy who made a thread on here yesterday saying he uses Torrents to share photos with his son and daughter was a good use of it. Sure there's other ways too, but it seemed to work well for him.
I'm totally unsure how a torrent would help here as there isn't going to be other people downloading these files to then make them available to others for the download. A torrent for a very small distribution like this doesn't make much sense to me.
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19 Jul 2010   #25
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I thought that guy who made a thread on here yesterday saying he uses Torrents to share photos with his son and daughter was a good use of it. Sure there's other ways too, but it seemed to work well for him.
I'm totally unsure how a torrent would help here as there isn't going to be other people downloading these files to then make them available to others for the download. A torrent for a very small distribution like this doesn't make much sense to me.
I agree. There are plenty of file upload websites that can help you do that a lot easier. ZIP the files up into a single file, go to a website and upload them, e-mail the link to your friends or family.
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19 Jul 2010   #26
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I thought that guy who made a thread on here yesterday saying he uses Torrents to share photos with his son and daughter was a good use of it. Sure there's other ways too, but it seemed to work well for him.
I'm totally unsure how a torrent would help here as there isn't going to be other people downloading these files to then make them available to others for the download. A torrent for a very small distribution like this doesn't make much sense to me.
I don't understand where you're coming from. The files are on one PC, which is where the .torrent file is created. This is then sent to the people who want it, so in the person's case who made the thread, it was sent to 2 people. These 2 people then download the files from there. The torrent only needs 1 seed uploading to make it available to anyone who has the .torrent file. Once they have finished the download, they can stop seeding.

And I'm not saying there isn't other ways to do it, but it still worked fine for them. He said zipping the file would be too large for places that were suggested, and one of the images was 50mb, and he didn't want it splitting up.
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19 Jul 2010   #27
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I don't understand where you're coming from. The files are on one PC, which is where the .torrent file is created. This is then sent to the people who want it, so in the person's case who made the thread, it was sent to 2 people. These 2 people then download the files from there. The torrent only needs 1 seed uploading to make it available to anyone who has the .torrent file. Once they have finished the download, they can stop seeding.

And I'm not saying there isn't other ways to do it, but it still worked fine for them. He said zipping the file would be too large for places that were suggested, and one of the images was 50mb, and he didn't want it splitting up.
My point was that torrents are typically used to increase the speed of downloading. While it's possible after 2 people have the files, the 3rd person might get them faster....however if there were 500+ people with all of files....the benefits of the torrent would become more evident.

If the point is simply to find a way to share a file...a torrent works. But so would an FTP server.
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19 Jul 2010   #28
Everlong

 

Well yea, you don't really start to see the benefits of torrents until quite a considerable amount of people are sharing the same file as that's only when I've used torrents myself. My point was I've never seen someone use them to just share the odd file(s) between family members even though there are simpler ways.
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21 Jul 2010   #29
sergiogarcia9

 

Well, torrents are mainly used for downloading illegal software, music, movies etc.

BUT

It can also be used for legal Music releases, videos etc. (not much common, but i've seen it).
Also you can find many wallpaper packs which uses torrents to download. As well as torrents can be used to download free Operating Systems as Ubuntu and other Linux Distros
It can also be used to share a home video among families and stuff like that.
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08 Feb 2011   #30
McSeven

W7 Prof 64 bit
 
 

Sometimes huge game mods are in a torrent format (whatever that means), and are not available any other way.

Is UTorrent safe???
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