"5 Torrent Files That Broke Mind Boggling Records"

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BitTorrent was first released by Bram Cohen back in 2001, but it took two years before the new file-sharing protocol gained a notable audience. In the years that followed millions of torrent files were downloaded and shared billions of times. In this article we will discuss five memorable torrent files that each broke a unique record, from the largest in size to the oldest that’s still alive today.

In the near half decade that TorrentFreak has been covering the latest BitTorrent news and developments, every now and then we also have time to discuss BitTorrent trivia. Today we’ll bring you a list of 5 single torrent files that each broke an impressive record, from the largest through to the oldest, and the one that transferred most data.

The Largest Torrent

When we refer to the largest torrent we mean the single .torrent file that downloads the most data, not the size of the .torrent file itself. There are several huge torrent files active at the moment, but the record goes to a torrent with a 746.70 GB collection of all 2010 World Cup soccer matches (~ 6GB per half). This torrent was released 4 months ago and is still active with a handful of downloaders.

Another sizeable torrent that was released just a few days ago is the archive of the late Geocities.com that was shut down by Yahoo last year. The 641.32 GB torrent has received a fair bit of attention from tech journalists and is well seeded at the moment.

Downloading these torrents nowadays is a lot easier and cheaper than a few years ago. In 2001 when BitTorrent first went public the cheapest hard drive cost $238.00, and that was for just 40 GB. At the time, downloading a file of this size would have required a $4522 investment. Even in 2005 you would still had to invest $500 to get this much storage cheaply (5×160 GB).

The first commercial 1TB hard drive, one that could store the entire 746.70 GB, wasn’t released until 2007. Times sure have changed a lot.

The Oldest Torrent

The torrent file that has been around for the longest time according to our knowledge is The Matrix ASCII. We already crowned this one the oldest torrent back in 2005, and as of today it is still active with a few downloaders and only one seeder.

The torrent file in question was created in December 2003 when [many of the most well known torrent sites] were only a few months old and when Facebook and YouTube didn’t yet exist. Thus far, this torrent has survived a mind boggling 2500 days.

The Matrix ASCII
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The Largest Swarm

We know that BitTorrent is used by millions of people, but which torrent was shared by the most people at once? According to our records this honor goes to the first episode of Heroes season 3, which appeared on BitTorrent September 23, 2008.

On the first day the torrent ‘Heroes.S03E01.HDTV.XviD-0TV’ had a swarm (seeders + leechers) of 144,663 peers, a record that hasn’t been broken since. Today, most than two years later the episode has been downloaded more than 7 million times and at the time of writing it is still active.

The Most Files

The next record is the one for the most files in a single torrent. This is a tricky one, because we know that there are torrents which link to millions of files, but none of these are indexed by regular torrent sites. With this many files, the size of the torrent alone can go over 10 MB and most torrent indexes have a restriction on the filesize of a torrent file.

The torrent with the most files that we’ve seen on public indexers is a copy of Magic Workstation that was uploaded 8 months ago. The download is only 4.01 GB in total but has 35,256 files in total.

The Most Data Transferred

The final record we will discuss is the torrent that has resulted in the transfer of the most data. This record goes to a release of Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 which came out three months ago. The most popular torrent file for this 7.19 GB game has been downloaded 2.3 million times, totalling a massive 15.77 Petabytes.

Interestingly, the legit copies of the game sold by Blizzard may have transferred even more data. All download copies of StarCraft 2 have been distributed through Blizzard’s very own BitTorrent downloader. Unfortunately Blizzard’s tracker doesn’t provide any stats so we don’t know if the official beats the illegitimate counterpart traffic wise.

Source: TorrentFreak
 

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i guess i can understand house as there are still massive no. of users downloading every episode on torrent
i have also seen starcraft having many users who are seeding it and infact although it is 7gb+, the seeders are greater than the leechers
 
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Well, looks like I'm going to skip off to TPB and download Heroes.S03E01.HDTV.XviD-0TV
 

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I would have thought MAME would have the most files but MAME is like 3 or 4 torrents to get it "all"...

That and like 180GB's of free hard drive space lol
 

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shaunj66 said:
Interesting facts. I haven't use a torrent in years.... Horrible things
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Heroes doesn't deserve the top spot though!
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And what would you suggest?

Direct downloads are almost always broken into separate parts and uploaded to lame upload sites. They're also hard to find and can time out easily often with no way of recovering your progress in the download.

Lime/Frostwire? Hahaha, fail.

eMule? Obsolete by now.

XDCC file transfers over IRC? I use these. They're great, I get all my TV shows from on certain network. But they don't have everything.


Am I missing anything?
 

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Midna said:
shaunj66 said:
Interesting facts. I haven't use a torrent in years.... Horrible things
tongue.gif


Heroes doesn't deserve the top spot though!
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And what would you suggest?

Direct downloads are almost always broken into separate parts and uploaded to lame upload sites. They're also hard to find and can time out easily often with no way of recovering your progress in the download.

Lime/Frostwire? Hahaha, fail.

eMule? Obsolete by now.

XDCC file transfers over IRC? I use these. They're great, I get all my TV shows from on certain network. But they don't have everything.


Am I missing anything?
Usenet.
 

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*Breathes Deeply* Ahhhh...Shareza, how you kept me at my mother's shop downloading p0rn and p0rn. I have been downloading from AOL games to torrents. Yes, it even amazes me how we can share from each other w/o being denied. I saw Cowboy Bebop: The Movie on a torrent file, I saw all the episodes of Love Hina, Love Hina Again, and Chobits from Bearshare. Then hentai from La Blue Girl. Yes! I can see it now all those wonderous moments. Right now, torrents are getting bigger and more compressed as seeders/leachers RACING to go download it only to find viruses invading their PC's.

Bejeweled 2 was like muffins and pancakes made a baby. It was very addicting...

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*Breathes Deeply* Ahhhh...Shareza, how you kept me at my mother's shop downloading p0rn and p0rn. I have been downloading from AOL games to torrents. Yes, it even amazes me how we can share from each other w/o being denied. I saw Cowboy Bebop: The Movie on a torrent file, I saw all the episodes of Love Hina, Love Hina Again, and Chobits from Bearshare. Then hentai from La Blue Girl. Yes! I can see it now all those wonderous moments. Right now, torrents are getting bigger and more compressed as seeders/leachers RACING to go download it only to find viruses invading their PC's.

Bejeweled 2 was like muffins and pancakes made a baby. It was very addicting...
 

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Midna said:
Direct downloads are almost always broken into separate parts and uploaded to lame upload sites. They're also hard to find and can time out easily often with no way of recovering your progress in the download.

Lime/Frostwire? Hahaha, fail.

eMule? Obsolete by now.

XDCC file transfers over IRC? I use these. They're great, I get all my TV shows from on certain network. But they don't have everything.

Am I missing anything?
Direct downloads can definitely be a hassle when split into separate sections, but they have a more stable download rate than torrents. I never bothered with Limewire, was just a complete failure of a download service in my opinion. eMule (e2dk) is actually still a common way of file distribution in China, and other parts of Asia. Some Chinese sites that host pirated games and movies often upload them so they can only be downloaded using eMule.
 

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I prefer XDCC but since the disbanding of the biggest XDCC searchsites I cant be assed to look for any good sites (packetnews and ircspy RIP
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Torrents also are ,ore abundant and you can find what your looking for easier.

But the old style p2p like LImeWire (which is no long there anyway) and KaZaa are stupid -_-

But still private FTP from a uni 100/100mbit line is still the best ;D
 

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