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I have initiated a large download. Unfortunately, internet is slower than usual, and this download will take 3 more hours. I need to leave in 1 hour, and need to shut down the PC. Is there some way that I can freeze this download and resume it later? If I suspend/hibernate, will this continue? Or should I pause it with the built-in Chrome function, and then somehow copy the temporary files and kill / close Chrome, and put this back in place after turning it on again?

Using Chrome 18 on Linux.

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Pause it with the option built-in to Chrome, and hibernate the computer. If the SERVER that is providing the download supports resuming downloads, then after you resume from hibernation, you should have no issues resuming the download.

After you pause the download, there is no need to touch Chrome. Just pause, and hibernate. By that I mean, don't close Chrome. Don't kill it or edit anything. Just pause the download, leave Chrome up and running, and hibernate.

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Ultimately, my internet connection simply failed before I could do this, so this issue was "solved" beforehand. I'm marking this as accepted because I think this would have worked. Thanks! – please delete me May 16 '12 at 20:53

There is no need to hibernate the computer. If you just use a download manager such as JDownloader (multiplatform) you'll be able to resume the download after shutdown provided the server you are downloading from supports it.

Some websites, due to server software, just do not support resuming downloads and they can't start transmitting midway through a file.

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This works with files that are already in the process of being downloaded? Meaning in the example provided by the OP, since he has almost finished the download, if he were to now install JDownloader, it would assume control of the download in progress and allow for it to be continued later? Or would using JDownload only apply to downloads started after it has been installed? – Bon Gart May 4 '12 at 0:36
Only after it had been installed - good point +1 – Amicable May 4 '12 at 8:22

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