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Is there a way to tell uTorrent or other BT clients to download the first 1 or 2 or 3% first?

It cannot be quite disturbing when downloading a clip using BT clients and it is 80% done but the first 1% of the clip is not done yet, so you still have to keep waiting for unknown time.

Update: title is changed.

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uTorrent does this, and I definitely recommend this torrent client as it is fast and extremely lightweight. Starts up within 1 second for me.

To set this option in uTorrent, click Options -> Preferences.

Select Advanced Preferences.

Find the option named "bt.prio_first_last_piece" and set to true.

This will download the start of the file which will let you preview most video files first.

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the direct answer to your question is "Yes".

but not all of them, and no, i wont tell you which ones because you didnt ask that question, you asked if bt clients "can", so...

note: not all of the ones that do support doing this at on first setup, because it breaks some of the basic flow/logic of bt chunk swarming, to spread the load out so that there is some more spread of who as what chunks, should large parts of the swarm go offline.

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stackoverflow.com/questions/919512 may have some answers to what your are actually asking, and looking for –  Uberfuzzy Oct 25 '09 at 6:17
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I didn't vote you down but I think it's petty to not provide info you know the OP needs. –  hotei Sep 17 '10 at 19:58

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