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Moving Vuze Download Folder to New Hard Drive?
#1
Mac OS X 10.7.5
Java 1.6.0_65 Apple Inc.
SWT v4322, cocoa
Mac OS X v10.7.5, x86_64
V5.4.0.0/4 az3

I checked the Vuze Wiki and if my answer was there, I either didn't find or understand it.

I want to move my Vuze Downloads folder from one external drive to another, bigger external drive, and resume the downloading. There will be no other changes- just putting the old folder on the new external drive and repurposing the old, smaller external.

There are a lot of files in the Downloads folder so I don't want to import them one at at time and want to do it en masse.

So would I connect the new drive, stop Vuze, and copy the Downloads folder to the new drive? Then what? Vuze would have to be told of the new location for the folder. Do I have to do anything more to start the files downloading and seeding? 

Thanks for your help and guidance.
 
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#2
A little help?

Anybody?

Bueller?
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#3
If you are keeping the same structure like  drive  x:\torrents\ to drive y:\torrents.  You should be able to (not used an external so I'm guessing) go:

Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools
computer management >
disk management
right click the drive and "change drive letter and paths".

No need to change links in azureus.
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#4
I'm using Mac OS X 10.7.5, not Windows, so this doesn't translate well.

And it feels like there may be a step or two missing.
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#5
I cannot imagine why you want to do this transfer of files in the middle of downloading, so don't.

- Finish your downloads to your old drive.
- Quit Vuze.
- Drag the entire Vuze Downloads folder to your new drive - it will actually copy the folder because the new location is a separate volume.
- Restart Vuze and reset the download location to Vuze Folder > NewDrive (or whatever it's called). Go to Tools (in the Vuze menu bar) > Options > Files. Click the little folder icon (top right) and drill down until you see the folder 'Vuze Downloads' you just moved over to your new drive and click "Open." The path next to 'Default Directory' should now say /Volumes/NewDrive/Vuze Downloads. This will say something different if you put Vuze Downloads inside another folder on NewDrive.
- Try downloading something and wait a few minutes for the download to really start. Open Vuze Downloads on NewDrive and see if the file/folder you are downloading is there. It doesn't have to be a completed download to show up.
- When you are done with the download, you can delete Vuze Downloads from your existing drive and re-purpose it as you please.
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#6
I cannot imagine...

Not my problem. And irrelevant.


so don't.

I don't think so.


- Quit Vuze.
- Drag the entire Vuze...


Aside from the fact that this doesn't help me do what I want to do, it's much simpler to just drag the destination folder into the space in Vuze where the path is displayed. Done.


So my original question remains- How do I stop the downloads, move the Vuze Downloads folder to another, larger drive, and restart the downloads?
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#7
I actually have a similar question (which is actually much more complicated) which I will be posting shortly.  But yours is a very simple fix.

Ok so you have one drive which has all of your torrented data on it right?

Let us call that drive:

smaller

Then you have a new empty drive . . . let us call that drive:

larger

Ok so first thing . . . Quit Vuze


Then go to the finder and single click on the drive named "smaller"
Press return (this will allow you to change the name of your drive)
Type in a new name . . . for example "smaller.old"

Still in the finder single click on the drive named "larger"
Press return
Type in the name of the old drive . . . in this example "smaller"

Now copy over the data from smaller.old to smaller

When that is done . . . restart Vuze and everything should work the same as it did in the past!  No fuss no muss!

I have done this now twice (meaning I have had a total of 3 external HD's) and it works perfectly but there are a few mistakes you can make!

Make sure the new name is exactly the same as the old name including spaces and Capital letters.

Also make sure that the drives are formatted in the exact same format.  One time I did this . . . I formated the new drive as HFS+ Journaled . . . but the old drive was HFS+ Case-Sensitive Journaled . . . so about 1/2 way through the copying process it failed.  I had to reformat the new drive and start all over again.  LOL  Learn from that mistake friend!!!  You can find out how your drives are formated by single clicking them and pressing command(apple)-i, or you can right click and choose get info!  That will open up an information window.  In that window you will see something labeled general (click the triangle to the left of the word general to expand that section if necessary).  In that general section you will see the word Format: then you will see something like "Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)" or whatever.  Make sure the two drives are the same before you start to copy the data.  If not you will have to reformat the new drive to match the old drive.  If you can not figure out how to do that . . . make a post here and I or someone else will help you out.

Good Luck!
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#8
Gary, you ROCK!

This is exactly what I needed to know. I do know my way around the OS, so formatting, changing the partition table, etc., is no big deal. But If I didn't, your instructions were crystal clear and would have taken me through the steps.

I hope you get an answer to your question as helpful as the one you gave me.

Thanks again!
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#9
Gary, you TOTALLY rock!

It worked like a charm. I'm up and running on my new, larger drive. No muss, no fuss!

Thanks AGAIN!
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#10
No problem at all mate!  I am glad I could help!

 
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#11
Question 
I'm a new user, so please don't laugh at my question! 
When you download a movie file, it is then in your Vuze library as well as in the Vuze folder on PC. 
When others seed from ur files, is it from your Vuze library or from the folder on your hard drive? 
I ask because I wanted to organize my files, but my husband said no because it will mess up seeding.
can someone clarify this for me please?
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#12
First off there is nothing to laugh at . . . you have asked a very good question . . . while it is a new user question it is not a foolish one!  Nothing at all to laugh about!  ;-)

Your husband is kind of right and kind of wrong.  LOL  Let me try to explain.  This will be a good exercise . . . I have recently become very aware of the inner workings of Vuze regarding file storage!  If you want the long version of that check out http://forum.vuze.com/Thread-Help-with-m...f-Torrents .  WARNING that gets pretty thick pretty quickly I only include it in case you are really really interested in how I came to learn about all of this and since you are a new user I honestly would not recommend trying to digest all that but if you are very technically inclined and/or very curious it might be interesting to you!

Here is the short version:

Vuze has a bunch of files that it maintains which have information about the location of the data files for each torrent.  There is a kind of master configuration file (which the developers recently added features to Vuze so that you can edit it -- which is what that thread I linked is all about) but there is also data which is stored in a Vuze specific file for each torrent which tells Vuze where to find the data.  So it is not necessarily as simple as just editing that master file -- it can be that simple but it is not always as my experienced showed LOL.

To answer your question more directly.  The actual data is stored on your HDD and it is that data which Vuze sends out to other peers (users) when you are seeding.  To try to be very clear . . . let us say the data in question is some kind of video.  Like a TV show or movie or whatever.  The data which is seeded is seeded from that video file.  It is the same video file that you would double click on if you wanted to watch it.

If you move the data files (or in the case of the example I made the video files) without telling Vuze where the files are located you will indeed be unable to seed.

However, it is possible to move the files from within Vuze so that Vuze still knows the current location.  It is also possible to do that by editing the master configuration file but unless you have many hundreds of torrents to move around that is not recommended.

You did not tell us what Operating system you use nor did you tell us what version of Vuze you are using . . . so I can only include very general advice.  Also you did not tell us how many torrents you have running.  If the number of torrents you have running is more than roughly 300 - 500 you are probably not going to want to do it one torrent at a time -- again I just went through all this myself and it is explained in the thread I mentioned earlier.

If you only have a few torrents you want to move you can do it pretty easily from within Vuze.

The method is pretty simple.  Right click on the torrent in Vuze.
From the menu that pops up choose "Move data files"
Choose the new location on your HDD and depending upon a bunch of factors Vuze will move the files to the new location in a few seconds to about 10 minutes (but anything more than about 2 or 3 minutes would be pretty rare) and then Vuze will keep on seeding.

You do not have to stop seeding the torrent or stop and restart Vuze or anything like that.

If you need more information or you have a lot of torrents whose data you want to relocate let us know some more details and someone will get back to you (I say someone because I am leaving town for a few days starting Monday LOL).  You very well might need more detailed information and there is nothing wrong with asking for more help!  I just do not want to try to explain the details in four different ways depending upon which version you use and which OS you use. ;-)

Good luck!
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#13
(03-21-2015, 01:15 PM)'New Guy' Wrote: Mac OS X 10.7.5
Java 1.6.0_65 Apple Inc.
SWT v4322, cocoa
Mac OS X v10.7.5, x86_64
V5.4.0.0/4 az3

I checked the Vuze Wiki and if my answer was there, I either didn't find or understand it.

I want to move my Vuze Downloads folder from one external drive to another, bigger external drive, and resume the downloading. There will be no other changes- just putting the old folder on the new external drive and repurposing the old, smaller external.

There are a lot of files in the Downloads folder so I don't want to import them one at at time and want to do it en masse.

So would I connect the new drive, stop Vuze, and copy the Downloads folder to the new drive? Then what? Vuze would have to be told of the new location for the folder. Do I have to do anything more to start the files downloading and seeding? 

Thanks for your help and guidance.
 



 

I read in a previous post in the thread that you're familiar with commissioning and partioning new drives.  All that is required is to create your own folder system for Vuze downloads in that new drive and then use the context menu feature in Vuze to move your data files.  Vuze will take care of all the tracking of data-file and torrent association.

Allow me to suggest that you right-click on the column header for completed download in the Vuze torrent GUI and select "column setup" and scroll down/up until you find "save path" and add that column in the torrent display.  This will enable you to be readily cognisant of where your downloads are and verify that the selected data movemnet has occurred.

So, here's how it's done simply. You can move one or as many as you wish to a particular location. Each new location, be it a different folder, partition or HDD is a separate move.  Select your torrent(s) and on those highlited torrents, right-click to invoke the context-menu.  Go to "Content", click "move data files" and a browsing window will appear so you can select the destination to send the chosen data file(s) to.  If you are just changing folders on the same partition, it is almost instantaneous, as the data is not moved, just the directory (folder) structure is modified.  If  you select a different partition or HDD, the data will be moved and the time that takes will depend on the size and number of files. 

It's  a very useful feature. I run almost 2500 torrents and use that feature on a daily basis.

You can even re-name your files and use the re-targeting feature in Vuze to still keep leeching or seeding the torrent.  Double-click the torrent or right-click > show details.  In the "files" tab, right clickthe file(s) and select "re-name".  Vuze will do all the work.  If you have previously re-named the files to something other than what they were when the torrent was created, just ckick re-target.  Select your location of those files and click the files one-at-a-time and vuze will take care of the rest.

Hope this helps.
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#14
I was using a laptop and realised half way through a large file that the laptop hard drive wouldn't be big enough, so I attached an external hard drive ...

​and

All I did was.
STOP EVERYTHING DOWNLOADING.
CLOSE VUSE.
COPY THE ENTITE VUSE DOWNLAODS FOLDER
PASTE FOLDER TO MY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE.
OPEN VUSE.
CHANGE THE DIRECTORY FOR DOWNLOADS IN PREFERENCES TO NEW FOLDER ON EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE.
START DOWNLOADING AGAIN.

they took off from where they left off, but to new location, I checked first item that completed and it worked fine. I use a Mac, don't know if that matters, but it works this simple way for me,
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#15
Ok, just an update, it worked for the first file that downloaded, but over night the other files downloaded to their original place, I left the DL folder in both places, so now I am confused.
Woke up, hard drive was full. Very odd.
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#16
Yeah that is what I expected when I was reading your solution.

You have to tell Vuze where each torrent is located.  You did not do that.  So your solution will not work.  All your solution will do is that for new torrents that you are downloading they will get downloaded to your new HD.  All of your existing torrents will still go to their original location on your first HD.

I explained all that above in a previous post.  You really need to do it one at a time or if you have so many torrents that you want to do it in bulk take a look at the thread I linked in my post to Alynnswan but it is an advanced topic and it is not trivial.  Again if you have less than roughly 300 torrents I would recommend doing it one at a time.

If you have more specific questions fire away!
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