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Archived Torrents

Archived Torrents

Added: Saturday, September 5th, 2009
Category: About Torrents > Seeding Back
Tags:Seed, .rar, RAR, Archive, Extension, Unzip, Unrar, Extract, Anti virus, spyware
In this article, I will submit to you the purposes of archived files, the many reasons they are in this format, and the various uses of archives. Learn to use this to your advantage, and transform your ratios, return seeding, and hard drive capacity all in the same article!

(RARs for seeding)

Many have asked, why are these files in this format? I'll explain. There are many purposes for this, one being, that it's easiest to share, replace, or construct individual archived files. For example, a certain scene release, is missing some information in .rar045 of .rar's 000-050? Well the scene can then release a single compressed fix for this, thus making it easier to transport a solution. Yes encoders make mistakes too, this happens, we are all human. (Sometimes ungrateful leeches seem to forget that ;)

In the next diagram, I will show you the possibility of what can be done with an archived (RARs) file.
RAR examples

You see there are many .rar files in this image. When you have completed a download, you can also choose to simply seed back a single of these .rar files. Use this to your advantage, as you can take many .torrent files from various sites, and private trackers, and then, simply add the .torrent from (for example) the private tracker, for the same torrent which you already have. By doing this, it will allow a force recheck of the file(s) which are the same index of the .torrent, and allow you to use what you downloaded from various sites, to increase your ratio at other places. This can be used to gain upload credit without increasing download credit, simply by changing a .torrent file to one from a different tracker, and allowing a force-recheck. A simple but handy tool.

In versions of µTorrent 1.8 and up, uTorrent’s "Relocate" feature allows you to seed different files in a torrent from different places. For example, if you have files in a torrent on different drives, or different locations on the same drive.

(Extracting/opening .rars)

As I explained before, there are many, MANY, who ask the question, "How do I open an archived .rar file?". Now, for the seasoned torrent-a-holic, this is common knowledge, but remember, not everyone is a veteran. For those of you sending me the countless private messages on this, let me show you a handy guide, for doing this.

In this image, you will see how WinRAR is used, to extract (open) an archived .rar series, to then produce a single file which is inside of them. If you do not have an extraction software, a popular client for this is WinRAR, which you can get by clicking the link above, or by searching around for a torrent to suit your needs.


One must simply right click on the VERY FIRST archived file, for example, .rar000, and then choose to "extract" the file, you can either choose a separate directory to extract to, (which I recommend) or choose the same directory. By doing this, you will extract all the .rar files at once, thus producing the content which is archived (compressed) and hidden inside of the rar extension.

Here is what you will see once coming out of this finalized extraction for example, in this case, it's an .avi video file.
Example .avi

Yes there is a treat hidden inside of .rar files for those of you new to the archiving scene. This method is tried and tested, and it's very easy to understand, after a bit of practice, I assure you.

Hopefully this small but simple post will stop the flood of private messages our staff is receiving regarding archived files. In the future I will make many more posts on advanced knowledge of the combination of torrent clients and archived files. This simplifies the basics.

September 5th, 2009

Posted by:  Blocked
Date:  Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2009-09-05 12:21:14)
dougie avatarNice article m8 and dont forget there is an auto unrar application for u torrent and it unzips your torrent automatically.But yes i cant rem the countless times ppl see rar and ask for the password lol.

posted by Site FriendXbox (2009-09-05 13:25:17)
Painless avatarVery well done out, Thanks Obscene :)

posted by Site FriendXbox (2009-09-05 16:06:08)
Z0R4N avatarThanks, simply sad, nice and clean work:o) maybe there should be added that it is recommended to get the latest version of WinRAR, or any other packing and unpacking software, because some archives are not compatible with the older versions and you could just get a warning that the file is corrupt although the file is fine, only your program needs to be updated. All in all, that is what I wanted to add but everything else is there already. Many thanks once again OBS!

posted by (2009-09-05 16:29:32)
AcidRonin avatari use 7zip it freeware and some winrar you have to get like a crack or serial thats why i never used winrar

posted by (2009-09-05 18:59:00)
SnakeyB avatarThat's why I have come to love this site. You guys are the most helpful for people in need. My Last site I was on I was spending my time helping others while 13 year olds laughed and jeered the people that just wanted to learn.
We were all noobs once.

posted by Blocked (2009-09-05 19:39:16)
lilfuzzy avatarThank you.I've just canceled downloads when they were in this format and waited until I saw one with the VLC safety cone.

posted by (2009-09-05 19:58:53)
altrntnam avatarthanx Obs. always wondered why RARS. very informative.

posted by Blocked (2009-09-06 01:21:07)
No avatar@ lil' fuzzy... You'll only see the VLC cone if you have VLC installed, that is not an actual file extension :S

posted by (2009-09-06 04:18:40)
treyday avatarwell done and well put!!!

posted by (2009-09-06 10:57:42)
digster avatarthaks for the ifo obs :-)

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2009-09-07 02:40:37)
texasguy avatarvery,very good explain alot to those who don't know

posted by (2009-12-09 00:34:02)
Boomer avatarI too have passed on Rars because it seemed like an extra step, and I got burned by passwords a time or two. What I had heard is that those who post in Rars had got them from another site and thought they just didn't take the time to unrar to a single file before they made their torrent.

I do have one tip, look for Portable WinRAR. That's a standalone version that just comes in a folder and you click on the .exe to use, and it's not installed in the system. Maybe good if you're a guest on someone's machine. I know it's for Windows, but not if it has a version for Linux or Mac.

Hi to Lilfuzzy, your icon picture is great! A baby Sheepdog?

posted by (2010-07-21 03:50:46)
tazhawk avatarI appreciate this info. I have been confined to bed/sofa for over a year and into foreseeable future.
The only thing that gets me thru the days are movies. ET is THE best. I am on Dis.Pension and Internet is
bery expensive in Australia. I am billed for uploads as well now..new system. I have been seeding for six mths since coming to ET, but now have to watch my data.This way, I can at least try to do my bit still.
Thanks for a great site. You're the best,and keeping me sane:)

posted by (2010-10-09 22:28:30)
PIPA avatari think after reading that i,m having another go, thanks

posted by (2010-10-13 06:14:12)
bajacracker avatara constant Meritorious producer

posted by (2012-07-16 00:48:46)
Kinkajou avatarthanks, I'm always learning

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