Utorrent resume.dat is corrupted
March 16, 2010 3:38 PM   Subscribe

I want to backup my utorrent appdata for when i upgrade to windows 7 on my htpc. but the resume.dat file is corrupt. What do i do?

My HTPC is sort of deteriorating. its on an XP install. A few networking glitches have messed up a lot folder indexes. Instead of wasting my time fixing it. I would just rather reinstall the whole thing with a fresh copy of windows 7. I really want to back up my utorrent app data for sentimental reasons. Just to keep a complete running total of my statistics. But when i try to copy the utorrent folder from the %appdata% folder, it says that "resume.dat is corrupted" what can i do? If i ignore this file, will my statistics stay in-tacked? Thanks :D
posted by NotSoSiniSter to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
utorrent is not great software, is super fragile and I assume that any change will break your history and such. the best (i.e. least effort and heartbreak) backup/restore solution I've been able to come up with is just to save all the torrents and re-add them in the new place, which you'll then re-point to your preferred saving locations. basically, to recreate everything by hand, then do "force re-check" on each torrent so that the new utorrent metadata is kosher and synced.
posted by rhizome at 4:08 PM on March 16, 2010

No matter how you make the move, your ratios per tracker/torrent will remain the same - but uTorrent's own ratio logging will restart at zero if you do everything with manual re-adds. Have you tried to run uTorrent and add and then remove a new torrent to force re-writing of resume.dat?
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 4:14 PM on March 16, 2010

Response by poster: To rhizome: i have no real reasons for using utorrent. If you can suggest a better one, im very open to a change.
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 4:26 PM on March 16, 2010

I don't know of a better one, and I'm pretty sure they all suck in some way.
posted by rhizome at 4:49 PM on March 16, 2010

According to yahoo answers, resume.dat contains information on torrents currently loaded while settings.dat contains configuration and statistics. So you could try ignoring it.

I gather from this page that it's possible to edit utorrent .dat files; perhaps you could perform a new install to get new settings files, then edit settings.dat to contain whatever statistics you like? The tool you'd use for that, bencode can apparently "sometimes" salvage resume.dat.
posted by Mike1024 at 2:02 AM on March 17, 2010

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