I'm currently downloading a lot of files over bit torrent because I would like to just help out and reseed (Debian, Ubuntu, Xubuntu isos). I'm downloading them now because I have good download bandwidth and free time, but I've got an external drive coming in a few weeks. I'd like to move all those files from my array to the external and then keep seeding (possibly using a different computer). Is it possible to move the files (I'm saving the .torrent files too) and keep seeding without having to re-download the whole file?

BTW, I'm using qBittorrent.


Yes. If you open/load the .torrent file in qBittorrent (or any client, for that matter), and set the save path to the directory containing the file you already downloaded, then qBittorrent will see that a file of the same name exists and that all pieces of the file have already been downloaded. It will then proceed to seed the file.

This feature is also beneficial if you have a partially-downloaded file and want to download the remainder of the file through bittorrent, but don't want to start from the beginning.

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  • If it reads the settings correctly and your directory structure is correct, it should. – saiarcot895 May 2 '14 at 4:10
  • Ok. Can I use this with the auto download feature? ie. make all the configurations, put the torrents in the "to be downloaded" folder and the files in the "where to download" folder, and then just start the client? – user315118 May 2 '14 at 4:10
  • ...oops, now comments are out of order. – user315118 May 2 '14 at 4:10
  • Great! I have to wait a few minutes longer to accept your question, but thank you. – user315118 May 2 '14 at 4:11
  • To anyone reading this in the future. I broke my installation and after reinstalling used this exact method successfully. – user315118 May 2 '14 at 4:48

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