Most of the time, when you click on a link on the internet to download something, such as a document, a picture, a song, or a video, things work as planned: the file begins to download. However, there are often times when, no matter how much you click on a link, you just can’t get a file to download. This article will discuss potential reasons why a download might not work and what you can try differently in order for the download to be successful.
There are many potential reasons why you might find yourself unsuccessful in downloading a file from the internet. The first and most obvious reason might be because the file is no longer available for download. This situation is most likely to occur on sites that host large files (e.g., videos) or files that are no longer being downloaded. The host might decide to get rid of the file to free up server space for newer and more in demand files.
Another common reason might be because the file is in such high demand that the site hosting the file has exceeded its bandwidth limit. This means you cannot download the file again until a certain time period has passed. In some cases, this might be a few minutes or hours, while in other cases it might be days, weeks, or until the next calendar month.
Another reason why you might not be able to download a file is because you lost your connection to the internet. This seems like an obvious reason, but it is quite possible, especially if you are connected through a wireless connection.
Another reason why you might have downloading trouble is because your firewall might be blocking the download. This can occur both due to firewalls on your computer (software firewalls) or due to firewalls on your network (hardware firewalls).
Another reason why you might be unable to download is because the web site hosting the file keeps timing out. This is like having a connection problem, except it occurs on the end of the file provider instead of on your end.
Another simple reason why you might have trouble is because the size of the file might exceed the amount of hard drive space you have available on your computer. This is most likely to occur when you are trying to download very large files or when you have very little drive space left.
Now that you know some of the reasons why you might not be able to download a desired file, the next step is to try alternative methods for success based on what you suspect the problem to be. If the file is no longer available, you are out of luck unless it is brought back. If the host exceeds a bandwidth limit, you simply have to wait until they get more bandwidth. You might try accessing the file through a mirror in either of these two cases. If you have a firewall set up, disabling the firewall temporarily might allow the file through. If you don’t have drive space, you will need to delete some files to make room.