Ever waited so long for downloading a very big file in Chrome and then suddenly the download stopped/failed? Downloading large files using Google Chrome can be interrupted by unstable Internet connections, application or system crashes, or even power outages. Chrome allows you to resume download for a few minutes after the interruption, but if you wish to resume the download later on, we can use Firefox to complete it. Being able to resume the downloads helps save time and effort, as compared to restarting the download process all over again.
Follow the below mentioned steps carefully to resume the unfinished downloads –
When a download crashes, Chrome leaves you with an incomplete .crdownload file. You can use the data in that file to resume the download in Firefox:
- Locate the failed download: Downloads that failed leave a residual file in the downloads folder (or wherever it was you were saving that file to). That file has the extension CRDOWNLOAD which stands for a Chrome download. Once download has failed, find this residual file. To see what the file is named, open the downloads folder in Chrome (Ctrl+J) and look at the failed download file’s name. For the sake of this tutorial, we will call it Eminem%song.crdownload.
- Copy the download link from the downloads page in Chrome. The URL can be seen just below the file name.
- Paste the link in Firefox: Allow it to begin the download in firefox. Once the download has started, PAUSE Right-click the file in the download progress window and select Pause.
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- Copy the name of the file: Open the location where Firefox was downloading the file and check out the name. It may be saving with a different name than Chrome was. Ignore the extension at this point and simply copy the name of the file. Let’s say Firefox was downloading it with the name part. Copy the name ‘Eminemsong’. Delete that file (Eminemsong.part) afterwards.
- Renaming the file and extension: Go to the failed download file you located in Step 1, ‘Eminem%song.crdownload’ and rename it according to the name you copied in Step 4, ‘Eminemsong.crdownload’. Change the file’s extension from CRDOWNLOAD to PART, so that your file name is now ‘part’. Windows will prompt you that the change may result in a corrupt file but don’t worry and go ahead with it.
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- Resume the download in Firefox: In Firefox, right-click the paused file in the download progress window and resume it. Instead of downloading fresh, Firefox will resume download from where Chrome left off.