uTorrent Slow Download Speed

Many uTorrent 3.x users noticed either a decrease in the download speed, or the fact that the files were not downloaded at all, while there are seeds on the distribution and the file just can not be downloaded and, moreover, everything worked fine before. The situation looks something like this, the newly added file looks for peers and even if it finds their download speed is extremely low.

What to Do When Facing the uTorrent Slow Download Speed?

It’s no wonder that there are a lot of questions regarding the slow loading of torrent files in uTorrent. In this article we have compiled the most popular problems, which cause slow speed files downloading. Information is useful to everyone who uses torrents.

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Low Storage Performance

The main reason for the slow download speed is a slow hard disk or incorrect uTorrent settings due to which the hard disk is overloaded with read/write operations that catastrophically affects the performance. If you download torrents, but the speed is very slow, open uTorrent client settings and in the caching option (Preferences -> Advanced -> Disk Cache) set the following options:

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Cache size – you should not specify a very large cache size, it is recommended to specify not more than 3-5% of RAM or 100-200 megabytes. In case of problems, the cache will not be discarded and the downloaded file will most likely be corrupted, you can recalculate the hash of the distribution and download the missing one. The cache value depends on the speed of your Internet connection, the higher it is the more cache it will take. The standard value of 32 megabytes is suitable for not very high-speed channels of 10-30 megabits, for a 100 megabit channel you can set a value of 100-200 megabytes (sometimes even more) and experimentally select the optimal value.

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Also, disable the following options:

  • Write out untouched blocks every 2 minutes
  • Write out finished pieces immediately

Number of Seeds

This is the most common problem and it arises from a simple misunderstanding. Many users do not pay attention on how many people distribute the file and how many times it was downloaded. Some torrent trackers usually indicate the number of “distributors” – seeds, and the number of loaders – peers. Downloading does not affect anything, but distributors help you to download the file as quickly as possible and the more of them, the sooner the download will finish. Naturally, if the distributors are very few (1-2 people) – then the download speed, as a rule, should be lower than in case with the torrent which is distributed by 100 people.

Check the Real Speed of Your Internet Connection

Most often, the problem of slow downloads is that the real speed of the Internet is different from your tariff rate. Check the speed of your Internet connection using any online service (https://fast.com, https://speedtest.telstra.com/, https://www.verizon.com/speedtest/).

uTorrent Setup Guide

The first thing to do is to launch the uTorrent Setup Guide. It will help you to set the correct basic parameters for your network and system. To start it, in top menu select Option -> Setup Guide or simply press a keyboard shortcut Ctrl + G. Run tests and wait for the test to finish. Then, save the settings that the test tool has recommend you.

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uTorrent Upload/Download Speed Settings

Now go to the uTorrent settings and switch to Bandwidth section. Here you can set limits on the maximum speed of upload and download (in the screenshot below, these restrictions are sets, i.e. for example, the download speed will not be higher than 5000 kB/s). Remove the speed limits by setting the values in the Maximum upload/download rate fields to 0.

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Tip. Set the bandwidth limit is necessary in certain situations: if you are creating a large load on the hard drive, if at a high speed the connection breaks, if your Internet channel is split between several PCs, if you need to restrict the use of the network uTorrent.

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In the program settings in the BitTorrent tab there is one important setting that significantly affects (in some cases) the download speed. It is recommended to uncheck Limit local peer bandwidth.

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If torrents still can not be downloaded, then the most correct solution is to install an outdated but stable and tested version – uTorrent 1.8.2, which is recommended on many large trackers in the event of any problems. It is recommended that you uninstall the previous version before.

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