I have been using uTorrent for years now and recently I was surprised that I had 24GB free. I thought that was because I deleted some unused apps, but after awhile, I noticed my Torrents folder was gone (I put finished torrents in my Downloads/Torrents folder).

I thought I accidentally deleted it (I use rm -r to delete huge files) so I shrugged and tried to download those 24GB back (after banging my head for the sheer stupidity).

This morning, I noticed that again, my Torrent folder was gone! This made me think that something MUST be deleting my torrent files. I am not sure but my hunch is uTorrent (so I just upgraded it) or something else entirely. This is getting frustrating, so I hope someone can help me on this.

My only guess is when I do CMD + W (I'm on a Mac, OSX Lion), it closes the window and somehow deletes the torrents? I am downloading files again now and will try to document what I do the tomorrow so I can add more input here.

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    If I remember correctly, if you select the default "Remove" action in µTorrent to remove a (possibly finished) torrent from the list, it deletes the associated data as well. The paramter gui.default_del_action controls this behavior. Feb 2 '12 at 15:52
  • where do i set that parameter?
    – corroded
    Feb 2 '12 at 16:02
  • also i didnt "remove" any torrent. i tend to keep all my torrents to seed them. i discovered they were gone when i turned on utorrent and all of my torrents had red exclamation marks beside them, meaning the files were gone
    – corroded
    Feb 2 '12 at 16:03
  • This is where you can set the parameter, but given your update, I doubt it'll have any impact on your issue. Feb 2 '12 at 16:06
  • oh sorry, i am on OSX lion...looks like this is a windows screen. it doesn't show any of those in my preferences window
    – corroded
    Feb 3 '12 at 0:45

There are two likely explanations:

  • You have inadvertently modified the remove setting as Oliver said. Right-click the Remove button in the toolbar and set it to just Remove:

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  • You have inadvertently modified the completed-torrent directory (maybe you set it to the temp folder or another drive):

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  • OMG this bugged the hell out of me. I've never touched it and yet it had been changed to on somehow... On Windows
    – Warpzit
    Aug 14 '16 at 10:11

You may want to check your antivirus software - it may be quietly deleting any downloads that it detects as malware and placing them in quarantine.

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