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Ask the Readers: How Do You Transfer Large Files Between Computers?

You have a file too large for email and you want to send it to a friend. What now? We want to hear your go-to trick for transferring large files from your computer to your friend’s.

This week we’re interested in hearing all about your file transfer tips, tricks, and tools. Whether you use a web-app, pipe the file through your private server, or otherwise maneuver through miles of cable between you and your friend, we want to hear all about it.

Sound off in the comments with your file transfer tips and then check back in on Friday for the What You Said roundup to see how your fellow readers get the job done.

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  • Published 07/25/12

Comments (140)

  1. jimmyolsen

    upload it to google drive, and share the folder. since most people already have a google account, it’s easier than having them go through the dropbox process. at least for me. /shrug

  2. r

    by means of mental telepathy

  3. www.MediaSlideshows.com

    use free teamviewer software

  4. Josh Gunderson

    Been using Dropbox for years, though now that BOX has a sync app (and I got 50GB free for using it on my HP Touchpad) I’ll probably start using that instead.

  5. Gregg

    one of the many websites (like yousendit) or my own ftp server

  6. claudio

    By homing pigeon

  7. Jon

    2gb – fileai.com

  8. Supreme Ruler of the Universe

    It depends on the filesize really. Smaller files less than 200 mb are usually uploaded to Mediafire, or sent directly to my friend via Pidgin. Larger files in the gigabyte range are sent to a person utorrent tracker I have setup on my home server. But then again, I live in a dismal part of North America where upload speeds are horrendous, so if large files are needed in a hurry, could I just copy them onto a portable hard drive and drive up to my friend’s and have a soda or two while I’m at it.

  9. Jon

    Less then 2gb – wetransfer.com, greater then 2gb – fileai.com

  10. Mark

    With Pogoplug

  11. Philipp

    I use Email, but if its a file bigger than 50 Megabyte. I use a USB Drive and meet that person, that needs the file.

  12. Ethan

    usually remoting into one with teamviewer, and then justbeamit.com.

  13. Paraffin

    Google Drive is the easiest and the backup is Dropbox and then down to a good old portable drive but I use these so infrequently now.

    I was thinking about using Billion 7800N routers to setup VPN’s between my home network and a few friends as they are ADSL and I am Fibre it doesn’t really work as I have 5Mb soon to be 10Mb upload and they have 512KB so its good for them and bad for me..

  14. yanuar

    dropbox, definitely.

  15. Joe

    I have a WHS2011 box running FileZilla Sever, so I jus put the file on that server, then setup an FTP account for them.

  16. Toto

    Well, it does depend for me on the nature of the file (eg a few mb or several GB), but the main limitation is who should receive it. I do not transfer the same way to a tech saavy and to my grandma’…

    So everything from shared file storage provider (dropbox, google drive, …..) to ftp, and other file sending options like hamachi team viewer etc (if i have frequent exchange with the same individual).

    I often use dl.free.fr which allow to send file up to 10 GB for free without account registration and with a simple control on your file (you upload, you receive a direct dl link, and anyone who gets the link can download it). And the file are deleted after some time without any dowload activity. It’s very convinient, but I heard that the service quality (ie transfer speeds) are not very good out of France (it’s a service hosted in France).

    Cheers,

  17. TechGeek01

    It’s a combo of multiple techniques really.

    Typically, if the set of files in question is of reasonable size, I’ll throw it in Dropbox, and give the person a link. If the file is really large, though, I’ll generally use a flash drive or SD card to do the trick.

    If the computers are both mine, will have Dropbox installed on both. I’ll drag into Dropbox, and wait to sync. As an alternative, if the files are really big, I’ll link them together with a CAT5e crossover Ethernet cable.

    Sometimes though, I can just use TeamViewer’s built-in file transfer as well.

  18. trinity343

    If it is between computers within my own home network i just put the files in a shared network folder and access it from the other computer. for those outside my network i use a flashdrive/external harddrive or email it to them. i generally don’t have files that are larger then what can fit in an email.

  19. Robert

    I use Crossloop and Dropbox almost exclusively for all file sizes when transferring files to friends or work. To family members it is usually google docs and Crossloop. For customers it is the trusty thumb-drive take it to them put it on their computer for them or Dropbox.

  20. RSWRC

    Minus.com or skype

  21. PujanP

    Dropbox is a great option

  22. Justin

    Dropbox

  23. Steve-O-Rama

    As always, time is the critical factor, so I try to strike a balance between WHEN the other person or organization needs the data, and HOW I’m going to transfer it.

    Under a gig? Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Drive, whatever service blows your skirt up.

    Between one and five (?) gigs, off to the FTP server it goes!

    Anything more than that, say a full system Ghost image, video files, etc., and, as primitive as it sounds, I’ll send them by snail mail; the data will go to a USB drive, DVD+R DLs, or even a large external hard drive, and it’s there in two days (usually) without a hitch. It’s much easier to “burn, stamp, and drop,” especially with the data caps some ISPs are enforcing, than to depend solely upon high-bandwidth connections which may not always be present.

    If it’s critical, sensitive, or confidential data, I’ll transport it myself, as in “drive my truck to their house or place of business,” on one of the aforementioned media. This way, I KNOW the data will not be compromised, and it’s a heck of a lot faster than waiting for a terabyte to download from the FTP server. :)

  24. TIm

    Ge.tt or dropbox with a shared folder for people I usually trade files with.

  25. DaviR

    I use a portable 60GB SD + usb 3.0… is the fastest way ever.

  26. StarsLikeDust

    Seconding Dropbox, USB Drives and Network Shares for computers I own. For getting big files to other people I generally use wetransfer.com or a similar service

  27. thegeekkid

    My own FTP server. I really have three different options with that. 1. Filezilla server can go onto any of my computers. As long as I have port forwarding setup and the computer is on when they are trying to access it, it works great. 2. The windows server computer sitting in my basement works great 3. The web hosting package I am using also gives me unlimited storage and more than enough FTP accounts.

  28. Greven

    Depends on the file size and the receiver. If the recipient is a client then I use thumb-drives or uploads it directly to their own server. If it’s a friend or familymember then I put it on my personal server and sends them login and url. This allows me to easily be able to, if necessary, aid them through teamviewer.

  29. XVRacerik

    ftp

  30. kashiqirphan

    Torrent seems to work very well.

  31. fengshaun

    ssh/sftp server on the destination, and ssh client on the source! For my source codes and dotfiles, I use git, but they are not large files, per se!

  32. lakeober

    I prefer not to use a “cloud” type service. My files are my private personal property, and I prefer not to allow a company to have access to them all. So, to answer the question “how do you transfer large files between computers’… well, if the file is smaller then 32GB, I use one of my many USB thumb drives I have on me at any given time (always have one right on my key ring, one in my pocket, and one in my laptop bag). If the file is larger then 32GB (not very often), then I just use one of my two external 500GB portable laptops. Problem solved, no external company needed… just me and my drives ;)

  33. Anonymous

    SNAIL MAIL!

    That’s right. Occasionally I rely on good old fashioned U.S. Postal services. Cause when a micro-SD card can be taped to a piece of paper and stuffed into an envelope it’s about as easy as it can get. Obviously, there’s no instant gratification. But for a one time purchase of a micro-SD that two of us can share and where some 16Gb variants can be had for under $20 with many more smaller capacity variants for under $5, just throw in a postage stamp and we can share all those questionable files all day and night. Best of all, no Internet and no LAN required! Throw in no mafia-like groups such as the RIAA/MPAA looking over everyone’s shoulders it’s even relatively safe. It’s absolutely safe if you encrypt too. (Anyone ever hear of using the phone to tell your buddy what the encryption password is?)

    I figure that since most people’s internet connection is still pretty pathetic, sending any huge files on a physical medium through the mail may even save time! Not to mention those oppressive bandwidth caps. And let’s be honest, almost all of those huge media files people want to “share” are probably ripped movies or other multimedia stuff.

    So sharing via the USPS is very effective for people I know who don’t have Internet access – and in places where high speed service may be available but still pretty prohibitive due to ridiculous prices. So if you have to go out and hit an internet cafe then why not just hit the post office instead?

    …And if it’s online video we’re talking about, ever hear of YouTube?

    Cloud, schmoud! Sometimes, low-tech or “old” tech is the better solution.

  34. Anon

    SNAIL MAIL!

    (Seems my other comments are being banned for some reason. So I’ll try it again…)

    I could elaborate but think about it. No mafia MPAA/RIAA groups sniffing around, no bandwidth caps, no complicated networking, no signing up with questionable services, low cost. About the only reason in favor of transferring files over the internet would be for instant gratification. Therefore, just use a cheap micro-SD and all you spend is the cost of an envelope and a postage stamp. Encrypt your files on that micro-SD and it’s pretty safe too.

    So if you feel a need to go out and hit an internet cafe, why not just go to the post office and mail it instead? Done!

    …And let’s be honest. Almost all of those large files are likely multimedia. Right?! (Ever hear of YouTube?)

  35. rizzoli

    Dropbox, SpiderOak, Email

  36. rizzoli

    for got to add …according to size and privacy requirements

  37. viiron

    LAN: Shared Drive
    WAN: Google Drive (or justbeamit.com)

  38. bigredlizard

    I guess my idea of large files is warped. My buddies and I transfer files in the 1-2TB range. We share a linux drive, and use good old tar:

    tar cfp – * | ( cd /target; tar xf -) .

    and away we go.

  39. Wayne

    I use Dropbox Public folder. Right click on file, copy the link, and send it in an email to the person intended.
    They will be able to access that file only as long as YOU keep that file in the Public folder.
    And, they will not be able to access anything else!
    That gives me total control and let’s them access a very large file including Video.

  40. handy dude

    I’m using shared folders in the office. Flash Drive or External HDD for large files.
    And for long distance transfers, I use mediafire, its the fastest way of Downloading large files (On my country)

  41. n30phyt3

    - Dropbox
    – mediafire

  42. Zakariah

    I would use Dropbox if I wanted to do this.

  43. Zoheb

    I use skydrive. very simple to use!

  44. kxp

    Depends on the occasion. I have multiple methods to do so.

    1) My own dedicated server
    2) Create a server on my own comptuter (since i have fibre at home)
    3) Dropbox

  45. bbno

    I write the contents on an plush angry bird and throw it into the neighbours house.

  46. Harry Poland

    wetransfer.com

  47. Bugalugs

    Dropbox or wetransfer.com

  48. Mo Battah

    If he is at my house, I transfer it over the LAN
    If he is not, Torrents!

  49. bobcabbage

    my wife like to break big files down into 10Mb 7zip chunks to send via e-mail, think she only does it to drive me mad.
    i personally 90% of the time use Dropbox Public link so the receiver doesn’t need drop box just a link.
    other 10% is a mix of External USB HDD, FTP from my NAS. or a few photos over skype when chatting with family.

  50. grat0r

    Ravens

  51. Utkarsh

    Minus.com for my clg assignments ;-)

  52. mfusion

    Anything over 500 meg goes to sneakernet

  53. ti

    sftp

  54. Amy

    I either use Google Docs or Wetransfer a free online data transfer.

  55. dan

    Personal ftp, justbeamit, dropbox, and under 5 megs, email

  56. SharpDog

    I transfer over a Tri-band 802.11n (450 Mbs) or direct connect to a switch (1-2 Gbs). For file sets in the tens to hundreds of GB I use file backup / replication programs like Carbon Copy Cloner, Vice Versa, etc. For file sets over 500 GB I use hot swap eSata drives up to 3TB each instead of the network but I still use the file backup / replication software to transfer the files to / from the drives.

  57. Morris

    Hamachi VPN for sure

  58. Mel

    We use Accellion Secure File Transfer and Adobe’s Send Now. Although the users do seem to have a lot of problems with Accellion and the receiver not being able to get the files. Usually have to retry again.

  59. LaFleur

    Skype works great and you can chat about it at the same time.

  60. Amit

    i think http file server is the best..
    http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/

    No need to wait for uploading or no file limits, it just uses your port 80 to create a server and u can start transferring.
    You can also check the status and all. Best ever in case you have a public IP and the router is not blocking.

  61. Paul Westerman

    The answer is Dropbox.

  62. randompersonfromthisuniverse

    Dropbox

  63. Ron

    Easy..

    Go to:

    WETRANSFER.COM

    2 gigabytes..fast reliable and free.

    Used it successfully for years.

  64. Ginerbia

    It depends on the techie skills of the person needing the file. Most of the time I can use the cloud (Dropbox, GoogleDrive, Skydrive, Sugarsync, etc – it’s good to have multiple options since people have their own favorites).
    Sometimes though, I have to rely on sneaker net (save it on a flash drive and bring it to them in person).

  65. Deane

    I have a Western Digital MyBook Live 3T drive. I put a file in one of the public folders & set up an account for the recipient. I don’t share large files with non-trusted people, so this is secure enough for me

  66. anybodysguess

    I have very slow internet. 0.3 mb/s up. So I exclusively use a flash drive for transferring files.
    I’ve even mailed a flash drive to someone, through the postal service.
    I occasional use fileai.com, for programs, because Gmail won’t let you email programs, but only when they are under about 30mb, bigger and I use a flash drive.

  67. Bob

    Synology server. I just create an account for my friends, share the files and let them have at it.

  68. eyore

    I use SendSpace … it is free and easy to use.

  69. Cal

    Depending on file size, level of security needed, type/sophistication of recipient, etc. I use the following:
    dropbox, google drive, my own ftp server, flashdrive, even a CD/DVD through the postal service.

    for transfers between some of my linux boxes, i use scp.

    so many considerations necessitate multiple options.

  70. Kenny B

    I use Skype , I am not sure how large of a file you can send but I have sent complete music albums through it

  71. BullDawg

    I put it in the Public Folder on my WHS. Then the recipient can log in to the Guest account on my WHS through Remote Web Access and download the file from the Pulblic Folder. .

  72. Andrew

    My home FTP server and a batch file emailed to the person who needs the file that pulls the file from me.

  73. Julie

    Dropbox works for me.

  74. Withenfields

    Usually Dropbox with shared folder within which, for convenience’ sake, there is a For Harry folder and a For [Client] folder. I never have anything bigger than say 2GB to send. YouSendIt and WeTransfer also work well but Dropbox is the easiest!

  75. Marcel

    zip it, then attach to email.
    sky-drive
    google drive
    any of a number of free collaboration tools

  76. Burton

    For large files, I either upload it to Skydrive and share it or use TeamViewer to copy and paste it, depending on who I’m sending the file to. For smaller files I either email them or use Media Fire.

  77. Gary

    i-Twin. 2-piece USB-like stick that is encrypted between the 2 pieces and transfers information securely over the internet. Place files I want transferred in my ‘local folder’ and instantly shows up in ‘remote folder’ of other PC.

  78. wolfo9

    I upload it to my personal file server, and they can download it from a simple http:// address

  79. jt

    I use my windows home server.

  80. Alex

    I use Dropbox or file transferring service like the one from http://www.ge.tt. Once I transfered files trough my own FTP server made with the help of Filezilla.

  81. ELizabeth

    YouSendIt – works great! I send slideshows via this online program and they go perfectly.

  82. guest
  83. Nandan

    create a torrent, and sharing the torrent file with the recipient, so now the file can be directly downloaded from the senders side, no matter what the size of file is.

  84. rescuerick

    Dropbox………………….

  85. TheFu

    It depends. This will sound more difficult than it really is. A different method is used based on
    * the OSes involved
    * which location(s)
    * the type of networking available
    * technical skill of the other person
    * whether any data is proprietary/sensitive.

    Usually, it is rsync over ssh scheduled during non-working hours.
    For non-proprietary data, SugarSync.

    Sometimes FedEx is best for larger transfers. Working with professional cinematographers shooting at 1080p, we often ship portable flash or HDDs around when large files are involved. It is easier and faster. A data connection isn’t always the best way to transfer files around the world.

    “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon filled with backup tapes.”

  86. L.Prakaas

    DropSend…….able to send upto 5 GB

  87. tommy2rs

    For transferring large files/folders between Windows boxes across my local network I use MS Rich Copy. For small stuff it’s Dropbox. I get home videos from family via my ftp site or private torrent.

  88. astralab

    ajaxplorer, cubby

  89. Siosilvar

    The sneakernet’s bandwidth is greater than anything you can get online. Buy a flash drive (they’re about 50 cents a gig now – not terrible, especially since it’s reusable) and drive it over or ship it to them.

  90. Hobelinm

    Windows Live Mesh is nice for this task!

  91. DJGray

    I do this to get huge files between home and work from time to time. I ftp the files to my web server host, and pull them off that site when I get to the other end.

  92. BDL

    SkyDrive

  93. MGtrek

    It depends on the size, frequency, audience, and transfer direction.

    For large files to clients, I post them on a secure area of my website. The client already knows the page, so all I have to do is tell them it is there. With a WordPress app, they can also upload to me. That keeps a professional look and feel to the transfers.

    For a quick shot out to friends, I just use DropBox and send them a share.

    If it is for one of the organizations to which I belong, and it will be frequent, I set up a DropBox for the organization and then share out directories from there. That way, the handful of people who submit articles and pictures for the club website just copy them to the directory and I get it right away. I grab it off of there and we gain the space back.

    Posting on the website with links is also how I send out copies of our chorus’ rehearsals. They are recorded, then uploaded to a secure directory, and a link is posted next to the name of the piece with the rehearsal date.

  94. Bruce Kaufman

    I use Windows Live Messenger. I don’t know the file size limit, but I transferred files zipped up to 700mg without a problem.

  95. @RomelSan

    The post says larger files,so this is not practical with dropbox or other file sharing.

    I use my home / office Synology.
    You can setup your own cloud!!! or just use the webdav or file explorer options.

    For small files like instant photo sync i use dropbox,

    Cheers!

  96. CCroom

    TransferBigFiles.com works great for our large files up to 2 GB. Smaller things go by yousendit

  97. George Harper

    it depends, if I if it is somebody I know, then I use a portable hard drive as the internet is very slow round here. or if the person is a long way away just upload it to Google drive, SkyDrive or drop box. or I use teamviewer or Log Mein.
    I also use email and split the file into smaller chunks using WinRAR and then emailing it in multiple emails!
    George

  98. Tony

    I use skydrive.

  99. Mordalo

    Flash drive or external hard drive.

  100. Greg

    Well I would would go thru the setup of an OpenVPN Server and Client so that you have encryption on what you are transferring and machine certificates.
    I would also use Syncbackup SE to copy the file/s eg map a network drive to clients computer.
    Syncbackup SE can also synchronize files as well.
    You could build you your network with other pc’s as well.
    You could have a two way agreement eg shared space to backup each others important files incase of one hdd failing.

  101. VegaDMS

    I use a multitude of online storage sites which include: DropBox (2GB); G-Drive (5GB); Box (5GB); SkyDrive (7GB) and 4Shared (15GB). But, I use ZeroPC as the interface to communicate, control and swap files from on site to another.

    If you have a tablet, mine is an Android, ZeroPC – https://www.zeropc.com/ – can increase your storage capabilities. For example, my tablet has an 8GB internal memory, with a 32GB card and 66GB of online storage and I now have 106GB for my mobile device.

    ZeroPC has a free version that works great or a 3-month subscription for about $9 that allows you to have multiple accounts, say 2 or more 4Shared accounts, etc.

    I hope this helps.

  102. Me

    I use copy and paste. Wow. That was hard. O.o

  103. David V.

    I use Pogoplug Client for mobile or web for any computer

    Although I prefer SCP or WebDAV from my pogoplug box.

  104. Tomms1212

    A combination of bittorrent, rdiff-backup, rsync over ssh, and scp

  105. Bernard

    I use Total Commander. Select the large file, split it into however many pieces or select the file sizes, send them to whomsoever I want. They then select the files and join them. The split files have an extra, small, file added which enables TC to join them correctly in the right order.

  106. beercow

    \\(computer name or ip)\c$

  107. Beverly Margolis, Ph.D.

    I use youSENDit service. It’s free to a point, but fantastic if you pay a fee. I pay the fee and can send entire FOLDERS of data. The best part is that it does not tie up someone’s email while downloading, so they can download while doing other things on the system.

  108. James

    If the file needs to be copied external to the network, then i use a file transfer service or something like dropbox.
    Within the network I use either something like robocopy and if that doesn’t work then something like the BITS transfer facility from within powershell. BITS is the same technology as used by Windows Update.

    With linux, scp remains very good.

  109. artfullyContrived

    Dropbox.

  110. Edhson

    It would all depend on file sizes and amount of files. If I have just a couple of files to send then I’ll transfer them through teamviewer. If they require specific files then I have an FTP server built at home which I create an account for the person to be able to access it and only be able to see the folder in which would be the files they need. If they need hundreds of files then I’d login to their machine using teamviewer and create a direct tunnel VPN from my computer to theirs and UNC path to the directory they want the files and robocopy the files over to them making sure I use the proper switches to double check if the file exists ever 10 files and if it drops the connection to continue copying from where it left off. If they live locally though I usually just place it on my 64Gb thumb drive and take it directly to them. It’s safer that way.

  111. lyle

    I have 5.75 Gig of space on Dropbox – what do you think I use?

  112. Dab

    Floppy disks. Why, is there another way?

  113. diablo6662

    Between friends and customers on files between 3 MB to 6 MB I use TeamViewer, if they have ther Yahoo! Mail, I use that one too, otherwise, I Upload via FTP to my server and from there give the links to the person in need of that file (s), if it’s necesary I restrict the access to download or not, The onlly bad thing for me, are my upload speed (I’m on Mexico with the service of Infinitum and usualy are around 512 Kb/s) so if my file is more than 1 GB usually compress with WinRar in files of 100 MB or 200 MB to upload files between the time I’m not using the internet like overnight and not worry to stop the upload.

  114. john3347

    I thought this article was about large files. Many comments here recommend Dropbox with a 5 GB limit. I use SkyDrive and I send dozens of photographs (could send hundreds) in one file. That is the large file solution that I use. Dropbox is a toy compared to SkyDrive file transfer.

  115. Torch

    I use two programs.
    Quick Par and WinRAR.

  116. BostonMike

    PogoPlug

  117. VegaDMS

    I use a multitude of online storage sites which include: DropBox (2GB); Google Drive (5GB); Box (5GB); SkyDrive (7GB) and 4Shared (15GB). Logging into each site can be cumbersome. I’ve discovered ZeroPC – it has an interface that allows me to communicate, control and swap files from on [online storage] site to another. The interface, itself, is actually a virtual desktop that operates via your browser.

    If you have a tablet, mine is an Android, ZeroPC can increase your storage capabilities by adding the ZeroPC app. For example, my tablet has an internal memory of 8GB, and has a 32GB memory card, plus I added an additional 66GB of online storage for a grand total of 106GB for my mobile device. According to the ZeroPC site, there is an app for the Apple devices as well.

  118. Dave Hall

    I use ge.tt quite allot

  119. Mike

    I have a question for everyone here…

    My wife had to send a 600MB file but was limited. The file has confidential information and due to corporate requirements she probably would not be able to use a third party server. She ended up putting it onto a disc and driving it over (time consuming).

    How could this be done remotely without the drive time?

    Thank you.

  120. Hisa

    USB device. I keep several 32GB and 64GB on hand for small loads. I also keep a few external drives between 500GB and 1TB on hand in case I have moving a full back-up or a series of files (and even folders sometimes).

    In desperation, I also use Dropbox, Skype or Teamviewer. And by desperation, I mean that I can’t physically get to the computer to transfer the files or the person needing them insists it be done that way (or has no working USB ports).

  121. Ray Baker

    LogMeIn has a great file manager tool.

  122. Tyler

    Between two of my computers, SFTP. To someone else, Dropbox or put it in /var/www/ and let Apache do its thing.

  123. Leonardo

    If the file is larger than 2Mb, I use Yousendit outlook plugin. People receive the e-mail with the link to download the file. The free account is limited to one 100Mb file.

  124. Fyrewerx

    Occasionally, I use SkyDrive, but mostly, I use WeTransfer:

    https://www.wetransfer.com/

  125. tom

    use “You send it”…

  126. Manish

    Another favorite option is File Apartment (http://www.fileapartment.com). Easy to use, no software to download or registration, up to 1 GB, safe, secure, and free customer support.

  127. Rafael

    Google Drive o Dropbox

  128. falcon

    Dropbox or Bittorrent.

  129. George

    network the two computers either wireless or wired, either way one can send files using ftp. how about using HDMI cables for faster rate of transfer? if files have to be transferred over the internet, then try to network and ping the address of the other machine, but I find gmail quite useful and faster than yahoo mail.

  130. George

    compressing the folders or files using winrar or power iso and sending through gmail should help a lot. note, however gmail places a maximum file size one should send at any one time

  131. Techy1984

    I use localhostr for generic things such as image because it’s desktop widget allows you to take a screen capture and upload the image without needing an account. Very useful for my job as a helpdesk technician. Take screenshot and immediately start typing my response to an email. before I’m done the URL to the image is waiting on my clipboard to paste into my instructions.

    For Phone Calls I use JustBeamIt. It’s secure and the file is not hosted on JustBeamIt’s servers. It requires that both web browsers on both ends stay open for the transfer to complete. When the transfer is done the URL becomes obsolete.

  132. Manuel

    I use google talk

  133. Master3ngineer>

    At home I’ll load up files under 1 gig to the server. Classified files use a secure Web upload.
    Larger files get compressed and sent via email, but I’m sure google has great services to share

  134. Mary

    I use TeamViewer.

  135. Daniel

    if they reciving computer has SSH i would recommend scp, thats how i got my 7GB of music to my linux server.

  136. Ahmed Salem

    Google Drive is good solution to share folder between many friends :)

  137. Craig

    I span the data on 3.5 Inch floppy Disks. For a one gig file you need 712 Floppys and about three hours. Then you put them into 8 Large if it fits it ships boxes from the US Mail. Easy Peasy!

  138. Carl

    Local network: NFS.
    Web: peeje, sendspace etc.

  139. MatthewG

    Use SugarSync. A free program that lets you upload files to their server and then set a public download link to the file that you can send to friends. I use this all the time and it only takes a minute or two to install. Find it here:
    https://www.sugarsync.com/downloads/

  140. Jason

    Sometimes, I will split large files that the recipient can re-assemble without having to have the software that I used. I like G-split for this. Sendspace is good also for files up to 300MB (free). Adrive is another one that will give you 50GB of storage and allow you to share the link.

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