When you begin downloading a file with BT, it will allocate a part of your hard drive for the file. This means that if you went to see the file's size after it was done allocating, it would be the same size (in bytes) as the file you're downloading. It then hashes the file. Hashing the file, fills the file up with bad data. When you download a file with BT, it downloads the file in pieces. These pieces are distributed in various parts of the file, because you never download from start to end. If you were to pause the download, and then resume, then it would have to check for all the hashes in the file so it would know which data was good (already downloaded) and which was bad (needs to be downloaded). This is why your hard drive will go crazy each time you download a file.
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last modified: 2003-05-21 17:01:53