Move half-finished Bittorrent Downloads to another drive
When you are running low on disk space while downloading files using the Bittorrent protocol and applications like uTorrent or qBittorrent, you may sometimes need to make room for downloads or other activities on the drive. One option that you have that can be quite useful in this regard is to move some of the half-finished downloads to another drive. While you can do that temporarily to free up space, you can also move them there permanently to continue downloading the torrent to your computer.
Most Bittorrent clients come with options to do so in a handful of easy to follow steps. The downloads continue right from the position they have been in before the move, so that you do not have to download everything again.
I'm going to show how this is done in uTorrent and qBittorrent. Most Bittorrent clients should offer similar options, and while the menu items that you need to click on may differ, the way is always the same.
- Locate the download that you want to move to another drive in the uTorrent client.
- Right-click the download and stop it. This pauses downloads for the moment.
- Right-click the torrent again and select Advanced > Set Download location from the context menu.
- Pick a folder on the other drive
- Right-click the torrent and select Start.
- Right-click the torrent download that you want to move and select Pause from the context menu (there is no stop).
- Right-click the torrent and select Set Location from the menu.
- Right-click the torrent in the qBittorrent software and select resume.
Qbittorrent moves the files and folders of each torrent automatically to the new destination so that you do not have to move the files manually.
- Stop or pause the torrent download
- Select the "move to another location option"
- Move the torrent files and folders from the old location to the new drive
- Start or resume the download again.
You can use the method to quickly free up space on a drive where Bittorrent downloads make up a sizable part of the drive's available storage.
Update: The uTorrent client just like qBittorrent moves the data that has already been downloaded to the new location automatically.Advertisement