Every torrent program hangs my Mac

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  1. aidalai macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys.

    I hope this is the correct section. Im having this problem with torrents since years. When I start to download a cople of torrents (maybe 3 or 4 or more) the program use to hangs (freeze). Sometimes it happens 10 minutes before start and sometimes sooner or later. It always happend at the end.

    It happen using utorrent, transmission and qbittorrent. It happen in my MacBook and in my iMac. When the program hangs I have to restart all the computer cause the force exit doesnt allowed me to restart the program.

    It has happend to me in Yosemite, in El Capitan and before...

    Ahn the problem ONLY happen when I try to download to an external USB HDD. I have one USB 3.0 formatted in MacOS Plus.



    Thanks.
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    That's likely why. I/O of external drives (even if it's USB 3) can quickly become saturated when downloading large/multiple files directly to that source.
     
  3. aidalai thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes but... there is no solution? I cant understand how is that possible. My connection only have 30 Megas download speed... and I have tried to put a lower limit and it hangs too...

    The truth is that I have tried to boot on Windows vía Bootcamp and try to download the same files in qbittorrent for windows to the same usb disk and never hangs... only happen in MacOS...

    Its really hard for me think that MacOS users cant download to an USB without problems...
     
  4. MRU Suspended

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    You answered it yourself. Download to internal storage and then drag it to your external afterwards.
     
  5. aidalai thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Of course but its not a solution, its a bad patch... My MabBook has a little ssd drive so I can share only a couple of thinks... and in many private trackers you have to share many days after complete.

    If the problem doesnt happen in windows it means that is a software problem...
     
  6. MRU Suspended

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    What are you attempting to download and share ? Remembering that this site has a strict policy / rule of forbidding the in help of the procurement of illegal copyrighted material. If things are of that nature, it may be more suitable to either use the workaround suggested or ask on the torrent sites/forums themselves for a solution.
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    The issue with external drives and torrents are well known.

    The nature of torrents causes excessive I/o and head movement. Both add up to being slow and painful.

    What you need to do is set up your client correctly.

    You want the temp download folder set as a local folder. Then you need to select a destination folder that the file is transferred to when complete. This will stop the hanging.
     
  8. aidalai thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Gav2k, as I suppose you know, the SSD drives has a limit of write/erase. Of course is not a lower one but its not good to be sriting/erasing all the time, so I prefer to download always to HDD. Its really unbelievable for me to thinks that this problem is known and no one repair it.

    and MRU, not all in torrent is illegal... please, dont be so simple... Im asking here cause the problem only happens with Mac and happen at least with 3 different softwares...
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    The read write operations of downloading torrents will not cause premature wear. The drive will be just fine.

    You can't fix the issue as it's how torrents work. Your downloading bits that need putting together in order. An ssd has no issue with this where as a platter based drive has to hop back and forwards depending on the speed the downloads coming over.
     
  10. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    qBittorrent freezes on occasions for me too and I would have to restart the program while downloading to the Mac SSD. I don't remember this happening on uTorrent but it became unusable after the ads were put into it so I stopped using it years ago.
     
  11. aidalai thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im having this problem even if I put a low speed for fownload to the torrent program... and if it was a problem of speed of write in HDD this problem would be in Windows too...
     
  12. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Windows uses a different file system that happily sits fragmented though.
     
  13. aidalai thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But... when I try ti download to an NFTS HDD on iMac (with Paragon NTFS) the program crash too...
     

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