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(This is sort of illegal since I am using utorrent, but I cant find anything in the utorrent forums)

I got this error as I moved my torrent files from a hard drive to another (I am starting my windows drive from scratch).

The error seems to be random, as only a portion of my downloaded torrents seem to be affected.

I've been looking around for this error but the only solution available is to remove the torrent from the torrent client and open the .torrent file, setting the download location to the completed location and letting the program recheck the files.

I don't mind doing this usually, but the problem arises when you have hundreds of these, where tracking one by one makes it heavily time-consuming, and hoping there are seeds available so the file re-checks makes the process harder

I tried opening Bencode editor, but have no idea what I could or could not change. I tried comparing a resume.dat file where I re"downloaded" a torrent with an old resume.dat in which  I get this error, but they look similar, with the obvious exceptions such as "download_error: Can't open .torrent file..."

Is there anything I can do?


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5 hours ago, Harold Feit said:

Don't move the .torrent files around once the torrents are in your client.

What I meant with that is, I installed utorrent on my "new" c drive, and passed the resume.dat from the previous driveto the new utorrent path, meaning the torrent files have the exact same path (%appdata%\utorrent)

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if the %appdata% location doesn't match up exactly then that doesn't actually work either.



First, identify the folder where your previous torrent client stored your torrents, then:


  1. Create a folder called AUTOLOAD on your desktop.
  2. Create a folder called TORRENTS where you want to store your completed torrents to be relocated (for example c:\My Documents\My Torrents\).
  3. In your torrent client, click Options, then click Preferences, then click Directories.  Check the ‘Put new downloads in’ checkbox and point the path to the folder you were using to save your completed torrents with your previous torrent client.
  4. Check the ‘Move .torrents for finished jobs to: checkbox and point the path to the TORRENTS folder.
  5. Check the ‘Automatically load .torrents from’ checkbox and point the path to the AUTOLOAD folder on your desktop.
  6. Find the .torrent for the files you wish to load, which match the files in your completed folder, and move them (not copy) to the AUTOLOAD folder on your desktop.


You torrent client will automatically load the .torrents from the AUTOLOAD folder into the torrent list. It will find that the matching files are already in the download folder and will check them to make sure they are complete.


This is the procedure for migrating large groups instead of using a resume.dat file copy like yours.
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