I have an emac with OSX operating system. I save torrent files to my external hard drive but on a few occasions they have saved to what looked like my external hard drive but was actually the internal hard drive. I cannot access these files in order to remove them as they don't appear on a search and have slowed down my computer to a snail pace. Any ideas?
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Re: torrent files are saved on my hard drive but
These files are usually contained in the temporary internet file's solder. For opening, go to Run and type %temp% and enter. A folder will come up showing all internet files. Delete all and reboot the Mac. This will speed it up.
Don't worry, temporary internet files are not useful. they can be retained when you get something from internet. When you download, the files from internet will be downloaded with some accompanying temporary files. Delete them after the download is complete. After downloading, they are completely loss of Space on Desktops.
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When you connect an USB drive to a Windows machine, or a Mac the drive is shown. On a Windows machine in the explorer with a new drive letter, like D: or E: on a Mac it is on the desktop with a name.
Then you can access it as any other drive. But if you are using program's like Office, you have to tell the software what drive and what folder is the default folder to save your data.
In explorer and on the Mac with finder, you also can move files around to any folder you want. On the internal drive or to the external drive.
Many torrents or files downloaded from Lime wire, Bit torrent, and other torrent programs have viruses on them. There is a way to combat this so that these viruses cannot harm your computer. All you need is a flash drive or external hard drive. When you decide to download a file or torrent download on to the drive rather than your pc. Once it has been downloaded use a anti-virus program to scan the file. If the file is corrupt with a virus you can safely delete it. Should you open the file without scanning it and it does contain a virus don't worry there is still hope. Since the file is saved on a external drive or flash drive just reformat the drive and your computer will still be safe.
The answer is simple. Where files are saved by default is determined by the options you set in the software application. For example in Word, go into "File" , choose options and look for "save" on the left side. Then navigate to the drive and folder where you want your docs saved to, and make it the default. Same goes for Excel, and other apps
Always do a full backup before updating your Mac OSX. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable "Clone" of your current Hard Disk. Once the clone is done... Boot from the clone. (Hold Option Key down at Startup and choose external HardDrive with new clone OSX)
Verify that this clone Boots & has all of your current data.
Use the "Mac Tracker" App on the Mac or iPhone to see what the maximum OSX system your model can handle. (Makes no sense in installing just OSX10.5 if you can go to say OSX10.7
Download a copy of the MacOSX 10.5.8 installer DVD (Saved as a .DMG file here Fenopy.se (Search for OSX 10.5). OR OSX10.9 (free download) if your Mac can run on this latest OSX.
Burn your OSX Install software to DVD. Use Disk Utility with your .DMG (Disk Image) File and select the .dmg from the LH Side menu to burn to DVD.
Once burned, try booting from the DVD. If that works OK then you are ready to go. BUT not quite yet.
You really don't want to install a new clean system over top of your existing system. This would be like a Band Aid Fix.
(This is where you must have your current existing system cloned to an external hard drive. Just like i mentioned above.)
Because, now you will start up or "boot" your computer from the DVD installer disk you just made. You will find the Disk Utility tool in the top menu. Use this to FORMAT your internal Hard Drive. (Dont Have your External Drives connected at this time... for safety.)
Choose ERASE or Partition and Select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the format type.
This process only takes a few minutes. If you have more time you can select the Security Option (choose fastest or single pass) then hit erase button. The security option in this case is only used to write "ones" to every sector on the disk thereby thoroughly testing the drive. This happens to be the ideal time to make sure you have a good flawless internal hard drive. Peace of Mind for older Macs.
Once completed, your drive is totally empty, you have lost everything unless you have made a "clone" beforehand.
Now you can run the installer and leave that process to complete for half an hour or so.
When installer has finished the Mac should reboot itself (you will hear install Jingle), with the new clean OSX installed. You can then manually answer all the questions if you want and give it your Network passwords etc. OR You can select Migration Assistant and migrate all your previous files & settings automatically from that external drive "clone" you made earlier.
You should now have almost a brand new clean Mac to install your new scanner software on.
Also... if you only installed say OSX10.5.0 then you will have updates to download on line, then install, to bring your Mac up to 10.5.8
I run this process on my Mac's at least once a year so that I always have a clean OSX with defragged hard drive so I can work reliably for the next few months. If not... I still have my "Clone" to boot from.
By the way Apple's latest systems since 10.7 (I Think) have an emergency boot partition automatically installed by the installer software. You just re boot & hold the OPTION KEY down and you are given the choice of booting from this bare minimum emergency system. It is heavily limited as to it's functionality but Disk Utility is there to look for problems.)
Browse to a site that serves torrent files and peruse their list to find a file you want to download.
Click the link that provides you with the .torrent file. This file type will be recognized by uTorrent if you've set the option for it to do so. If it is not opened automatically by uTorrent, then save the .torrent file to your hard drive.
Run uTorrent and click "Add Torrent..." from the File menu. Select the .torrent file you saved in the previous step. The download item should appear in the main window. Once the program has found peers that are serving the file, it will begin downloading the file to your computer.
1. check to see if the drive shows in the "my computer" window as a new drive letter or USB drive. If it does then.... 2. Click and drag the data to that drive or in the "files" drop down menu click on "save as" then locate the drive in the save as drop down and save your data to that drive. You will have to have 2 widows up to do so.
Different operating systems use different file systems. Normally they can't use other ones than their own. To write on NTFS file system (Windows) a Mac needs a special program - get it from here http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26288
Running at that low of free space is a bad thing to begin with. You didn't specify if it's your primary drive, internal or external, or anythign, but I'm going to assume it's the one with Windows/Operating system on it.
Most modern operating systems need a few hundred megabytes, if not more, as "swap" or "temp" space. When your drive drops down to the levels you seem to be at you can get problems liek that which you mentioned, due to free space allocation for temp files, and whatnot.
Without more detail, like which operating system, type of HD, HD use, type of file you're saving and total space on the HD, I am afraid I can't help more.
For now I suggest deleting some old files, emptying your trash can/recycle bin, or simply restarting (if you don't do that much) to clear the cache.