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Switching horses in midstream.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:19 pm
by WonkeyWillow
I got a little question. I've been using Sharaza (a Gnutella2 client) for a while now, and have finally realized that it really isn't any good for downloading very large files, due to the small user base. Case in point: I'm currently trying to download a 3.452 GB file. I've noticed that the speed seems to drop exponentially as the progress increases. I assume this is because the program must become increasingly selective in picking sources that have the parts of the file I need. But right now, having downloaded roughly 98.5%, it seems to have almost stopped completely.

My question is if it's at all possible for me to ditch Shareaza and resume downloading my file in Kazaa (without starting over). My instincts tell me this probably won't work, but hey- the only stupid question is the one not asked.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 9:43 pm
by iNaNimAtE
I don't believe so, but why would you want to start it over with Kazaa?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 10:04 pm
by SlyckChuck
Stay the hell away from fastcrap. :idea:

PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 10:48 pm
by WonkeyWillow
iNaNimAtE wrote:I don't believe so, but why would you want to start it over with Kazaa?


I don't want to start it over with Kazaa. I want to know if I can somehow import the incomplete portion of the file I've downlaoded with Shareaza into Kazaa and finish downloading the final 1 percent from Kazaa. The reason for doing this is that my download appears to be stalled, and I don't want to redownload the entire thing. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for the reply.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:40 pm
by iNaNimAtE
WonkeyWillow wrote:I don't want to start it over with Kazaa. I want to know if I can somehow import the incomplete portion of the file I've downlaoded with Shareaza into Kazaa and finish downloading the final 1 percent from Kazaa. The reason for doing this is that my download appears to be stalled, and I don't want to redownload the entire thing. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for the reply.

Sorry if I was not clear. I understand that, but I'm asking: Why Kazaa? Most people here would advise against FastTrack.

But regardless, I don't believe so.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 10:00 am
by WonkeyWillow
As I understand, FastTrack has a MUCH larger user base than the most popular "open" networks combined. I just thought Kazaa could possibly help me out of a jam (I would've removed it and run Adaware afterwords).

But all that is academic at this point, as my download finally began moving sometime this morning, and completed just minutes thereafter. Phew!

size is irrelevant

PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 10:12 am
by moculon
issues like a poor search horizon, bad hashing, errors in downloaded files resulting in copies on the network that fail hash etc etc etc all make the extra users pretty much useless on fasttrack.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 8:38 pm
by BigWillyStyle42
eDonkey is now the largest network, not FastCrap.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 8:56 pm
by FamundaCheese
I have this problem often when getting towards the end of a large file. My solution: pause, resume, search for more sources. Works 90% of the time.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 11:56 am
by BigWillyStyle42
It is completely normal for a the end of a download to take the longest in a segmented download program. If it downloaded faster it wouldn't be the last piece downloaded :P