Nowadays, many of us use integrated download managers to download files of large sizes. As it is quite expected that such downloads might take quite some amount of time on typical household connections, support for pausing and resuming the download is quite important.
In modern browsers like Mozilla Firefox 22, Google Chrome 29, Internet Explorer 10, this feature is built in. However, when downloading files from servers which do not allow downloading using the same link after a certain period of time, effectively leads to the downloads getting cancelled over low-bandwidth connections if they are paused in between. Download may also fail because of many other reasons like power failure, network error, etc.
Anyway, so when it does fail using Firefox, resuming might cause the download to be restarted. Here I’ll share a simple workaround to get around this. Just follow these steps:
- When the download fails and displays an error message, don’t try to resume immediately.
- Instead, open the folder where your file was being downloaded. By default, this is the Downloads folder of your Windows, Linux or OS X installation.
- You should be able to find a file with the filename as your intended download (for example, myfile.exe) of size 0 KB, and another file with extension .part – this is the one of our primary interest here!
- Copy/Move this file to a different folder location (say, in a backup folder within that folder).
- Now resume this download. If required, resume download by going to the website and requesting a fresh download.
- When the download begins, let it run for a few seconds, and then pause it.
- Don’t close Firefox.
- Replace the new .part file created by the file backed up earlier.
- Resume the download again from Firefox.
That’s it! For most downloads, this trick would help you to resume your download from the point where it stopped, and not from the beginning!
If you know of any other workarounds that might help, feel free to share in comments.