fr0y0 Posted February 1, 2006 Report Share Posted February 1, 2006 It seems pretty far-fetched, but what are your points on that one? (found it quoted in another forum)P2P in general requires your computer to commit to frequent reads and writes to the hard drive. This in turn degrades hard drives (think in terms of running defrag all the time). Azureus jumps out of this problem by having a built-in cache. What the cache does is reduce the number of reads and writes to the hard drive, extending the lifetime of the hard drive. Instead of having to write data every time it gets new data from the network connection, a cache allows Azureus to write data every X or so, X being the size of the cache. A 32MB cache reduces this quite a lot, a 64MB cache reduces it even more. Azureus lets you set the size of the cache. There's the added bonus that Azureus, with its cache, uses less processor time too (meaning "less system resource footprint").So in essence any BT client without a built-in cache (uTorrent and others) is damaging your hard drive through repeated reads and writes to the drive, whereas any client with a built-in cache is still performing reads and writes to the drive, it just doesn't have to do them as often and thus extends the life of the drive in spite of the P2P efforts to damage the drive.Say you have a nice office chair, with armrests, that you sit in to use your computer. Take a hammer and whack one armrest ten times quickly over ten seconds. Thats a conventional BT client. Now take the hammer and whack the other armrest once every thirty seconds. Thats Azureus. Continue the once a second whacking on the "conventional BT client" armrest, and the once every thirty seconds whacking on the "Azureus" armrest. Eventually both efforts will result in the armrests falling off the chair, but the "Azureus" armrest will take much more time to fall off than the "conventional BT client" armrest will.If you were treating both armrests in the "Azureus" fashion, this would give you more time to save up for a new office chair than if you were treating both armrests in the "conventional BT client" fashion.I hope this analogy is helpful to everyone in deciding which BT client is best for them. Yes, this does mean that heavy BT users do replace their hard drives more often than other peopleI neither want to replace my HDDs, nor use anything else than µTorrent. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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