Need to transfer files too large for email to someone?

I’m sure many of you have had the situation where you wanted to send something to a friend or family member (such as photos, music files, video,etc.) but couldn’t because most personal and work email systems cap attachments to no larger than 5 MB.  Well, there are a couple solutions available to help you to get around that.  These are the few that I’ve tried so far (and were free).


This service is web based and allows you to send up to 2 GB.  While it does not require registration, you do need to enter the email address of the person you are sending the file to since that is how they are going to receive the message and instructions to download the file you’ve just sent them.  You also get a confirmation email when the person has successfully downloaded the file.  Files are kept online for 2 weeks and file and email information is supposedly kept private.  You can have up to 20 receivers.  Obviously, the emails kind of limit the range in which you can share a file but will serve most people’s needs.


This was another service that is also web based and does not require registration.  However, it allows you up to transfer files up to 5 GB.  You don’t need your friend’s email address since you just upload your file and it gives you the URL for you to hand out to whoever to download the file.

If you do want some more robust services such as the ability to track your files, password protect them or mark them as private, you can register.  They offer a free 7 day trial and then after that, the prices range from $.99 to $10 a month.

Obviously if you are looking for more security, tracking abilities, or something closer to online storage, there are more free and paid services you can check out.  Alot of them are covered in this recent article from CNET:


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