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    Feb 27, 2010
    Safer way to download movie files?
    Hello, i recently had my mac crash and i think it may be because of a torrent program that i use. Would having an external harddrive reduce the risk of getting viruses or encountering problems on my mac?

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    Zigdog's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 23, 2009
    Macbook Pro, 4GB RAM, 250GB HD
    Nope, I dont think that it would make a huge amount of difference!

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    Jan 16, 2009
    Tecumseh, Ontario
    iMac 20" 2.4 GHz Dual Core 3GB Ram 320GB Hard Drive 10.6.2 :: Ipod Touch 8 GB :: Beastly Gaming PC
    No, it doesn't matter where you store the data because the system will still have access to it. I suggest just buying the movies rather than torrenting them; otherwise you only have yourself to blame for the problems you are encountering

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    Jul 02, 2006
    Crawley, England
    20" Intel iMac 2.4 Ghz/3G Ram/320HD, Snow Leopard. PBook G4, 1.5Ghz/1.5 Ram/250 HD, Leopard 10.5.6.
    Change the program. It won't be the torrents if you're using a Mac. There's a couple of trojans I believe, from porn sites, but there are no viruses.
    Using an external makes no difference.
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    Mickyfin's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 21, 2009
    iMac 27" 12TB Yosmite
    Rewind a bit. Tell us exactly what happened to your Mac? Which Mac do you have, how old is it? What P2P were you using, what was the size of the download. What spec is your Mac.?

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    I strongly second dan's suggestion: it is generally a LOT easier to rent movies (who buys more than a handful of movies??) via iTunes (or Netflix for that matter) than to pirate them, to say nothing of the risk you are subjecting yourself to.

    (and before anyone jumps on me, yes, there are a few legal movies out there to torrent ... but seriously what are the odds in this case? Thank you.)

    The cost is really minimal (particularly compared to your time and bandwidth), the quality very high, and the gratification is generally instant.

    And yes, contrary to what some people claim, I've seen PLENTY of problems that can be traced back to P2P programs, particularly those written in Java (insert standard Java rant here).

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