Sending very large files

How can I send a 50-megabyte file to a friend since it’s way too big for an e-mail attachment?

Many e-mail systems limit file attachments to no more that 5 or 10 megabytes in size.

Some services let you transfer files up to one size for free, and larger for a fee. Here are some of the more popular options. A more complete list can be found at

  • Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers. – Up to 2GB free, can pay for up to 100GB.
  • – Simple real-time sharing, collaboration, and presentation
  • – 2 GB of 100% free backup space. Unlimited backup $4.95/mo.
  • has free and paid versions of its software for transferring files and works with both Windows and Macintosh systems. You can send files up to a gigabyte in size free. More with $5-a-month plan.
  • lets you send files of up to 100 megabytes free or files up to two gigabytes in size with the company’s $5-a-month service.
  • $0 to $100/mo. options for 250mb to 250gb, respectively
  • lets you send files that expire up to a week. 100MB limit.
  • $0 for up to 512mb, no registration required. File is available up to 3 days or 3 downloads.
  • requires no registration, has no file size limit and allows only direct PC to PC transfers; the files don’t reside on the intermediary server.
  • allows you to inexpensively connect your own storage to cloud
  • is a backup and sync service that can also backup your data to other computers on your network or across the Internet.

Some free or inexpensive online file-storage services let you mark certain files for sharing.

(This is in part a summary of a N.Y. Times article ‘Sending Giant Files’ By J. D. BIERSDORFER – February 8, 2007 )

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