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13 Ways to Move Big Files on the Web

By Char

Whether you need to send a high resolution photo to a client or a flashy new video your co-worker, your average email service is just not going to be able to handle it. Most email services allow you to transfer 10MB at any given time and you don’t always know that your recipient even has that much available – all you know is that you have to get the files to them. Unless you both are very comfortable with FTP, you are going to have to find a better way to get the files from Inbox A to Inbox B in a timely manner.

There are plenty of applications available to help you move those big files – ranging from the free and easy to the expensive and decked out with extras. Here are the highlights on 13 services you can use to move big files:

transfer files with DropboxDropbox is my new favorite! Dropbox is an excellent option for moving your large files – whether you find yourself emailing yourself files regularly, relying on USB drives to move files from one machine to another or want to share photo albums. The free version allows up to 2GB of storage with a pro version that can handle 100GB. You can also sync your files online and across computers with Dropbox. Try their Pro Account for 14 days FREE.

YouSendItYouSendIt – YouSendIt another one of my favorites – it has been around the longest, it’s easy to use and they have a solid free service. There is no software to download – everything is web-based. YouSendIt offers a variety of delivery options and packages for individuals, businesses and corporations. The totally free version has a limit of 100MB, requires no registration and offers some tracking options.

Send6Send6 – Very similar to YouSendIt, Send6 allows you to transfer 10 files free per month, each with a limit of 100MB. They also offer online storage and tracking options. The free version does not require registration or software download. They do offer plans with more bells and whistles for individuals, businesses and corporations for a price.

TransferBigFiles TransferBigFiles – Send files up to 1GB via email with no registration required. TransferBigFiles uses Amazon’s S3 service to manage storage of files. Use their additional free services by registering and download the DropZone application for transfer management and storage options. Right now this is still a totally free service.

BigFileBoxBigFileBox – Yet another UK-based service, BigFileBox is really geared toward the enterprise level solution. They offer secure Fileboxes that you can organize by project and issue security tokens to associates for project collaboration. No software to download. The Fileboxes have built in virus scanning and use the industry standard SSL technology.

PipeBytesPipeBytes – Still in beta, PipeBytes touts itself as the simple to use service. There is no limit to the file size you can send. The file is not shared on Internet – it is sent directly to your recipient. While the service appears to be free, there is something on the home page about a SpeedPass – but no real information to explain what it does for you.

DropsendDropSend – Not only can you use DropSend to email files up to 1GB each, you can also use it as your own file backup system (up to 250MB with the free plan). If you need more online storage, want SSL, or unlimited sends per month, then their business plan is the way to go.

MailBigFileMailBigFile – Simple and to the point, MailBigFile lets you send files up to 100MB for free with no software download or registration. The ProAccount offers faster upload speeds, address book capability, the ability to send the same 2GB file to 5 people at once, and other features. MailBigFile is a UK based service and the ProAccount can be paid for in dollars, Euros, or British pounds.

Send FileSendFile – While the file size threshold on the SendFile free service is rather low – only 5MB, the interface is nice, there is no registration and nothing to download. The upgraded service includes 1Gb file size, personalization of “File Send” system, file delivery notification and a user admin system to monitor file transfers and deliveries. You can purchase membership for a single day up to a year. Also a UK based service.

SendThisFileSendThisFile – You can use the SendThisFile service for free, but it does require registration first. They also host Fileboxes which are free inboxes so you can receive and track large files. Like the other solutions, SendThisFile has a variety of plans, with the higher priced plans offering customization, larger storage and transfer thresholds, and such.

PandoPando – Pando is more than just a way to move files, it is better suited for uploading and sharing media files such as video and audio. You can send files up to 1GB but you do need to download the Pando software. Pando allows users to subscribe to, share and download full screen Internet TV – it even powers the NBC TV downloads. If you are looking to share a variety of large media files on a regular basis, the $25 per year fee is well worth it.

HotShare HotShare – HotShare is an interesting service in that you can upload and share files with out registering, but you decide whether to share your file with the recipient only or with the world. The site is available in 21 languages and serves as a file directory as well. Search the HotShare site for video, audio, images, programs and more. When you upload a file it gives you code for inserting into a blog, forum, or email. It also allows you to email the file to a list of recipients, opt to share it with the world, tag it, and more. I am not sure how secure the site is, because the limitations as to what you can upload are pretty wide open. If you are downloading a file from HotShare, I would definitely be sure to scan it first.

DrivewayDriveway - Driveway is another service to share your files via email or park them on the web for download by others. Send files under 500MB for free and no registration. The free account comes with 2 GB of storage space. While downloads are unlimited, individual file sizes still cannot exceed 500 MB. You can organize your files into folders, edit documents, and even import your address book for quick share capability. Driveway’s Plig-in (desktop app) and web widget make file sharing even easier.

Which of these services is the best? Unfortunately that is a loaded question and really comes down to your specific file movement needs and which interface you are most comfortable with. I am sure this list is just the tip of the iceberg! As consumers’ needs for file transfer and file sharing services become even greater the quality and availability of the free services is going to increase.

Needing to view audio and video over the internet? You can accomplish this and quite a bit more – transfer your video security camera images via the
internet when you utilize digital video
software. Capture photo’s of everything your cameras are observing for later review and study. Be sure to research online prior to purchasing your CCTV camera equipment.



Very interesting and useful post! Thanks for sharing


What’s wrong with bit torrents?


Great List!

I like to add one more.

If you use Firefox instead of IE, the best software is FireFTP. It’s all web based and very intuitive.

If you host your own Blog, then you can use your own FTP server as most hosting packages offer anywhere from 5-100 GB of disk space.

Lastly, if you use a USB memory stick, and are confused with syncing your files (USB, laptop, work PC, FTP server, etc) then Vice Versa is the best software to track your version control.


one not mentioned above, and probably should be since it has the largest file size limit that i know of:

5GB limit. oh yeah


Excellent List! Thanks, Keith J, Author “365 Great Affirmations”.


For all online backup, file sharing and storage related info, I recommend this website:


I’ve used yousendit and I thought it was the only one. Knowing there are others is fantastic and thank you for sharing this valuable resource.


Thanks for the info.


Spooky – looking for this information was my next ‘Now I’ve got a minute’ task – thank you for saving me hours of trawling!


Thanks for compiling this list. Very useful. How does and Tubes compare? (Tubes is in Beta and seems to down at the moment) I’d love to see a table of features and limits in the future.


I have been using for a while its pretty cool because you can customize your dropboxes pages and emails


Another good ’13′ list. I’ll be trying a few of these out although I usually use my own server. Downloading speeds and reliability as so important. A client sent me a link to a 32MB file through one of these services (not listed here, of course!) and it took 45mins to download!


If you just need to transfer a few files now and then, you might try:

If you have several people who need access to business files, and want to control who can do what with which file, a good solution is:


These are all fantastic resources thank you so much for sharing them.


I use LeapFILE for our business, and it’s been great. We looked at a lot of the services listed above including YouSendIt and ShareFile and found that most of them are very consumer focused, which is great for that market. We needed something more reliable, more secure, and had a ton of IT management capability to manage across multiple users. Oh, and I love their customer service…very responsive and they actually listened to some of my suggestions for improvement!


Excellent List! Thanks


Just use FTP! Its the very best of the best. Wouldnt be without it.


*ahem* aol instant messenger, no limit


Great list. I will have to check some of these out. Some more services you might want to check out are listed here:


I have been using usendit and the 200mb thing gets in the way sometimes. I have found that using web-based ftp really slows the whole offices web access while its happening. When I used a ftp program it seems a little better? I could be just the rubbish internet connection. I will definitely be checking out dropbox – 2gb free is amazing – thanks for the tip.


I’ve been using yousendit for a while now and did not realize there were this many file sharing sites… I especially like the pipebytes site since they don’t have a limit on file size and it is sent from you to your recipient, I will be checking them out. Thanks for posting this information, its very helpful.


This site allows you to :
1- upload your files (up to 4Gb)
2- They burn CD DVD or USB Key
3- They mail it within USA or Canada within 12h

When you want your recipient not to download: This is the ticket!


Binfer can transfer large files directly from computer to computer. No uploads. Automatic resumes of broken transfers. No other service does this. 4 GB free during beta.


I just started using a free service called 1qliq. You need to download their software but then you can send directly from Windows. What I like about their service is that it gives me the option to encrypt files and I can also send folders (with sub-folders) what I often have to do.
It is very easy to use and has been working well for me.


I am digging dropbox right now, have it on my work pc, and home laptop. I frequently work from home and this helps tons with always having key work files available to me!

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