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How to Download and Add Torrent Files to Your Assassin HTPC by "assassin"
Torrent files are a very popular way to download files to your Assassin HTPC. In this guide I will show you how to download and add torrents to your HTPC to expand your library. (What are torrents?)
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Downloading torrents is extremely easy. You will need 2 pieces of free software.
- uTorrent which is a a tiny and efficient bit torrent client.
- Peerblock which blocks "known bad" computers from accessing yours and vice versa. As the makers of peer block state this "can help protect you from the bad guys"
After downloading and installing these 2 programs make sure that peerblock is running in the background. It is a good idea to update peerblock at least once a day -AND- before you begin any new downloads.
Now let's open uTorrent and view its main screen.
Next let's tell uTorrent where you want to save your completed torrent files. Go to "options" and select "preferences".
Here you can tell uTorrent where you want your files saved. Pick a location on your Assassin HTPC where you want to store your torrent data. Click on the button labeled "1." to select where to store your new torrents. Click on the button labeled "2." to select where to store your completed torrents. I like to select my largest hard drive and make a folder called "Torrents" with a "New" and "Completed" folder inside. I then review the torrent before moving it to my Assassin HTPC library (HD Movies, Movies, or TV Shows for example).
Since this is a tutorial we will select torrents that are very easy to locate. If you have a favorite torrent site you can select a file from there as well.
So try out uTorrent with peerblock running in the background.
First make sure that peerblock is running in the background. To do this click on the "show hidden icons" in the bottom right corner near the clock on your desktop. Click on it and update it before you begin downloading. Its icon is am orange or blue block as seen below.
Now lets go back to the main screen of uTorrent and click on "New Apps!" on the left panel which will take us to an area with easy access to torrent files.
Let's click on "Pioneer One" which is a television show that we can download and watch. Click on install located under their icon.
Next click on "Episode 1" on the left and click on "Download Episode One" on the right.
You are now downloading the first episode of this TV show! Wasn't that easy? Now select "Torrents" in the left panel and you will be brought to the main downloading screen of uTorrent.
On this screen we can see a few important pieces of information.
- The file(s) that are downloading located under "name".
- The size of these files.
- Percent done of the download.
- Status (Downloading vs Done/Sharing)
- Seeds (Very Important: These are the people actively sharing the files. The more sharing usually the better resulting in more reliable and higher speed downloads)
- Leechers (Very Important: These are the people actively downloading the file from the seeds. You typically want a high seed to leecher ratio.)
- Upload and Download Speeds: This will depend on the speed of your connection and the seed/leecher ratio as well as the seeds' connection speed
- ETA: Estimated time of arrival (how long the download has before completion)
Once the download has completed and you are finished using uTorrent right click on the file from the uTorrent main download screen and select "remove". This will remove it from uTorrent which will allow you to move it on your Assassin HTPC to its new folder.
After removing it from uTorrent let's go to where you told uTorrent to store your data. You should now see it in your folder. Right click on the file and select "Cut" - this will move it to its new location and delete the old file in the previous folder.
Since this is a TV Show lets go to your Assassin HTPC "TV Shows" folder.
Make a new folder named "Pioneer One". Inside the "Pioneer One" folder make another folder named "Season One". Now inside that folder left click and select "paste". This will move this file into your new folder. I usually re-name my media at this point. Since this is the first episode of season one we need to rename it "s01e01".
Its that easy! You just added a new TV show to your TV Shows folder!
Now follow the steps included with your Assassin HTPC tutorial to add this file to your media library. The software on your Assassin HTPC will do the rest! The end result should look something like this:
There are a lot of websites out there to use to search for media for your Assassin HTPC. Good luck torrenting!