How best to download files – torrent or file sharing?
Often on the Internet there are disputes about how best to download files – using a torrent tracker or file hosting. We will understand to start, what is a torrent tracker. This is well written in the article “Tracker, torrent – what is it and why do you need it?”. File hosting services also exist specifically for file sharing, but they function in a different way. File sharing is a service that provides users with a place to store files and round-the-clock access to them via the Web. The user once uploads the file to the file sharing server, and the file sharing service provides the user with a permanent link that he can publish on blogs, forums or send to friends by mail. By clicking on such a link or typing it in the address bar of the browser, any other user can download this file. But, unlike the method of downloading using torrent clients, the file sharing service has several limitations – the file should not exceed 2 GB and has a well-defined storage period (from one week to six months), then, if it is not downloaded within the stipulated time, it is deleted and the link no longer works. The most popular file sharing: RapidShare, DepositFiles, iFolder, LetItBit, Turbobit. Also on many portals like narod.ru and Yandex.ru there are file-sharing services, but registration is required to use them. Let’s try to determine the pros and cons of torrents and file sharing so that later the reader himself can compare these two types of resources and choose the most suitable one for themselves. Pros of torrents: 1. Maximum download speed – if the file you are downloading is distributed by at least a few people, the download speed will be as close as possible to the threshold that the provider has set for you. 2. Convenient search. You need to either know the addresses of several torrent trackers, or use a global search on trackers – and you will quickly find what you are looking for. 3. On trackers (sites with file descriptions and links to download them) descriptions of movies and games are usually much more complete than on sites that publish links to file sharing sites. In addition, the torrent files are carefully checked by the moderators for compliance (so as not to slip another or non-working file), you can also read comments and reviews about the file. 4. Download the entire file. You start the torrent client to download and you can safely go about your business or go to sleep without worrying about downloading the next piece of the file. 5. Adjustable download and upload speeds. In the torrent client with one click you can set the download or distribution speed. This is necessary in order to temporarily free up the channel for other needs, without interrupting the download. By the way, you can also interrupt the download, without fear of losing the downloaded. 6. There are many client programs for exchanging files using the BitTorrent protocol, the most popular of them are µTorrent, BitComet, BitSpirit, Azureus. At each torrent tracker there is necessarily a detailed instruction on how to use these clients and the torrent tracker itself. 7. A torrent tracker, unlike a file sharing service, is not a file storage, that is, even with possible failures of the site itself, the download will continue. Cons of torrents: 1. On most torrent trackers registration is required and there is a rating system – that is, you need to distribute a certain number of gigabytes to be able to download the following files. This becomes a problem only with limited Internet (outgoing traffic is also taken into account when paying) or in the event that the return channel is too small. Although there are several trackers on the Web that do not require registration and do not take into account the rating. 2. The file cannot be quickly downloaded when no one distributes it. But this is very rare. In this case, look for a similar file on another tracker. 3. It is problematic to use a torrent for limited access to the Internet. It will be necessary to constantly check the statistics in order not to exceed the traffic limit, since the given megabytes are added to the downloaded ones, and it becomes difficult to keep track of everything. 4. The use of torrent clients can be closed by the administrator or prohibited by the provider. That is, sitting in the office, you most likely will not be able to use these resources. 5. The torrent client can slow down other programs, such as games, video editors, and other specific applications. Sometimes there are conflicts with the firewall, however, if properly configured, they are easy to avoid. 6. The safety of using torrent clients is sometimes questioned, although in practice it is easier to “catch” a virus just by downloading from file sharing sites.