20 Essential Tricks and Skills Every BitTorrent User Should Know

Kickstart Downloads that Stall at 99 Percent Finished

Remember that scene in Happy Gilmore where Adam Sandler yells at his golf ball, "Why don' you just go home? That's your home! Are you too good for your home?," right after narrowly missing a putt? That's the same frustration you'll feel after investing an afternoon to downloading a mega-sized torrent, only to have it hang at 99 percent complete. So close, and so maddening!

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There are a few reasons why this might happen. If you own a router with a Game Mode, it could be scrambling the packets so that your torrent fails the hash check. It's a bit more technical than that, and it's pretty rare for this to happen, but it does occur. Try disabling your router's Game Mode and see if the download is able to finish.

The person who created the torrent may have inadvertently included a hidden system file -- thumbs.db, for example --which can prevent your download from reaching 100 percent. In other cases, the stubborn file could be corrupt, and it may be something you can do without, such as a readme.txt file. To see which file is causing all the commotion, click on the Files tab on bottom portion of uTorrent. Right-click the problematic file and select Don't Download.

Some hard-to-finish downloads are simply the result of not enough seeds or peers. In this case, your only options are to wait in hopes that a seeder will sign on, or find a more popular torrent and start over. Your torrent could also be corrupt, in which case you'll also need to find an alternative source.

Is that uTorrent in Your Pocket, or Are You...Oh, it is uTorrent!

There's an easy way to add uTorrent to your repertoire of portable apps so you can lug the client around on your USB key or any number of portable devices (like your iPod). The first thing you need to do is download the latest client ( here ) and copy it to your USB thumb drive or other storage device.