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Thursday, March 01, 2007

What's up with IE File Download

I was downloading the VM of the new Orcas distribution from MSDN. The download comes in 8 650MB files that have to be downloaded separately. To speed things up, I started 2 downloads in IE and 2 in Firefox. All of them were started within a few seconds of each other and where going with the same speed. After about 45 minutes of waiting for the numbers to get to 100% and hoping to start downloading the rest of the files, I saw an important difference between IE and Firefox. After 100%, Firefox was DONE. IE Showed a dialog box saying that will take another 10 minutes to save the file to the destination. Huhh... What's up with extra 25% "saving tax"? How did IE benefit from saving a file to the temporary space before saving it to the final destination? Why did it have to use my C: drive when my destination was my, much larger, E: drive? I just don't get it.


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