Q & A: Sending large files

Cory Blog, Web

I have a file that I need to send to a friend but it appears my email won’t send it. If i can’t email it then how do i get it to my friend?

Unsatisfied Sender

Dear Sir,

Your question is not an uncommon one, so rest assured that there are others wondering the same thing. There is an answer, in fact, a couple.
First off, you are correct. Sending files via email is no good. Most email service providers only allow for the sending of 10MB. That’s not a whole lot when we’re moving around large presentations, pdfs, music, images and videos. So thankfully we have a few good choices.

  1. Dropbox

Dropbox offers a free account with 2G of storage, more if you refer people and they accept. Their desktop app, for PC and Mac, acts like a local folder on your computer. Newly added files are synced to the dropbox server and then down to wherever else you have dropbox desktop installed- so your files are synced wherever you go, and accessible as well. Your files are encrypted when sending and receiving, so you’re set there. You can share folders with other dropbox users, but be forewarned that receiving a shared folder will consume your space. You can sign up for more storage, and pay for it as well with the 50G package for only $9.99/month or 100G for $19.99 a month. Dropbox is simple and easy to use. I have been using it for years to keep nearly 2Gs of my files in the cloud. To get your free account, sign up here.

  1. FileDropper

Filedropper is one of those “no-brainer” “on the fly” type of file sending utilities. The site (filedropper.com) offers a simple upload button. Browse for the file. It starts to upload. Once it’s done, grab the link and give it to whoever you want to share the file with. And get this, you can send up to 5Gs worth of stuff! This big dog file sender offers the simplicity and “no bars hold” features you need to get your data across. But if you want more, they have that. “Signing up as a member of File Dropper gives you some great benefits. You’ll be able to keep track of your files in a handy file manager, add password protection for downloading, mark files as private (only you can download them), and delete unwanted Files.” Prices start at $.99 a month for 5Gs and go up to $10 a month for 250Gs. Ultra easy. Ultra affordable.

  1. YouSendit

I’ve been using YouSendit.com for years. The free “lite” version will allow you to send a 100MB file, and you don’t have to be a member. But if you are, then you can keep track of your contacts and files. Becoming a member and signing up for the “Pro Plus” package will allow you to send a file as big as 2Gs and you get a bunch of more features. YouSendIt mixes email with file sending. You upload your file, tell it to what email address it should be sent and away it goes. The recipient receives a link from which they can download the file hosted on YouSendIt’s servers. They don’t stop there though. YouSendIt offers some really nice productivity tools: a web app, outlook plugin, desktop client, mobile apps and more. They even offer a half dozen plugins which integrate YouSendIt with desktop publishing programs such as MS Office and Photoshop.

So as you can see, here are just a few great web apps which are better at handling those large files for you. Sure beats email and it sure beats floppy disks (remember how terrible that was?).

Love some other app? Tell us about it in the comments below.