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Coppermine wrote:BitTorrent is sort of a workaround from the old P2P system that sent whole files that may or may not have been copyrighted and therefore fairly easy to track.
When you start a bit torrent feed, you are receiving pieces of the file you are downloading from multiple users. What this means, is that instead of download a file in full, you are only downloading little tiny pieces of the file at a time (torrents). Some pieces will download faster than others depending on your connection and the connection of your feed. This is why some files come in quickly, while others may not.
This is inherently the problem with the bit torrent system. Even though it may be quicker to use this method for downloading files, some torrents are much slower than others therefore inhibiting the download speed.
For the most part, and depending on the popularity of the file (i.e., the number of torrents you are receiving per file) it's usually pretty fast.
If you have a file that is sitting at 0 kbs, then it has fewer torrents to take from. It could easily start up today, tomorrow or next month, depending on when the torrent sources are available online. Usually if I don't get any download action in a week, I'll cancel the download and try a different file.
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