Seeding means sharing a file(s) with other peers. After a torrent job finishes downloading, if you leave the torrent job seeding, it uploads the file(s) to other peers so they can enjoy them too. Although the length of time that you should leave the file seeding is not defined, it is recommended that you share until the amount of data you upload reaches at least the same as the amount of data that you have download, also known as reaching a 1.0 ratio.
Seeding Mean in Torrenting:
When you finish the download of a torrent file, after you are seeding it. In other words, you are uploading it to other peers who are downloading the same file. you become a seeder right after your download is complete, meaning you have the whole file, and you are not downloading it anymore.
It’s worth mentioning that before becoming a seeder, you’re downloading the file and uploading the parts you already have. During that stage, you are a peer, someone who still doesn’t have the entire file. It’s correct if we say that a peer is already seeding before having the whole torrent file. A computer that has a complete copy of a certain torrent.
Once your client finishes downloading, it will remain open until you click the Finish button. This is known as being a seed or seeding. You can also start a BT client with a complete file, and once BT has checked the file it will connect and seed the file to others. Generally, it’s considered good manners to continue seeding a file after you have finished downloading, to help out others.
Seeding a file:
Once a user has selected a file for download it will appear in Portable uTorrent main dashboard. Here it will display the speed at which it’s being downloaded, the size of the file and the estimated time it will take for the download to complete.
Once this time has elapsed and the file is downloaded, it will then start the process of “seeding’. This is when the download client, for example, uTorrent itself, starts the process of re-uploading the file back to the file-sharing platform.
This ensures that the next user will be able to download the file. Leaving the file to seed will see the file uploaded again and again. In the torrent community seeding is perceived as correct etiquette, the argument being the original uploader has gone to the trouble to acquire the file, therefore, every downloader has a duty to re-upload to keep the file active and available for all.
Important to Seed in uTorrents:
Seed is important because seeding allows a torrent to stay alive. If there are no seeders, the torrent will certainly die, and no more people can download the total amount of parts. Let’s look at an example to understand it better: Imagine that a certain torrent file has 5 peers and 0 seeds. That means no one has the entire file, and those 5 peers are exchanging the same parts between them.
It will get to a point where everyone will have exactly the same parts, and the download will stop. One could argue that one of those 5 peers has the missing pieces that the others don’t, but that’s rarely the case.