A while back on dottech there was a discussion of p2p and sites for uploading files, specificly files around 1 gig. While surfing CNET I stumbled on this gem of a list. Hopefully this can help some people. I’ll just post the free ones:
The free ones
There’s no such thing as a free
lunch, but the same cannot be said about storage. You can, with little
effort, dump large files in a number of places. The usual caveat there
is that there tends to be a lot of on-site advertising and your files
may not be saved for very long in case you want to come back to
re-download or share them later on.
(2GB): ADrive is more of a personal file storage service, but files can
be shared via a direct link, or via e-mail. The service gives users
50GB of total storage and uploads at up to 2GB a pop. It has both a
Web-based uploader and a desktop software version.
be wary of is that files that have been uploaded to ADrive’s free
service tier eventually expire, something that doesn’t happen for users
who shell out for the signature and premium plans.
(2GB): File Xpressit actually tops out at 300MB a file but will go up
to 2GB if you register with the service. It is free, it just requires
clicking an activation link in an e-mail. The uploader does not require
Flash or Java, which is nice if you’re trying to use it on a computer
without it installed. The service can also give you an e-mail
notification when the file has been downloaded by your recipient.
noting is that to use FileXpressit, you’ll need to have an e-mail
address for the person you wish to send the file to. This won’t
actually send the gigantic file to their in-box, but it means you can’t
start the upload without typing it in first.
(10GB): Humyo has a free and a paid plan, but the free plan is very
generous at 10GB of free storage. There are basically no set-in-stone
file size limits, just a cautionary message
that encourages files that are over 10GB to be split into smaller
segments. We didn’t actually test this with a 10GB file (and we doubt
you will either), but it’s nice to know you could if you wanted to.
(2GB): Dropbox is a file storage and synchronization service. Free
users get 2GB, which can be upgraded to 50GB and 100GB for $10 or $20 a
month respectively. Still, if you have a file that’s at exactly 2GB, or
just a little bit less, you can store it on Dropbox free of charge. The
only caveat here is that you need to use the software file transfer
tool, as the Web-based uploader tops out at 300MB. You, and whomever
you’re sending the file to can also score an extra 250MB of storage if you refer them to use the service.
File Dropper (5GB):
File Dropper allows file shares of up to 5GB. That’s not as much as
Humyo’s service, but it’s still more space than you’re able to fit on a
single-layer DVD (not that you’re sharing those, right?). Files are
kept “forever,” and best of all, there’s no registration required.
Instead, when your file is done you get a URL that links directly to
the file, as well as embed code to stick a download link on a blog or
personal Web site.
Along with the free service, File Dropper
also has three paid plans which run anywhere from $1 to $10 a month.
These can up the file size up to 50GB and 250GB in the two upper tiers.
(2GB): Sizable Send is another one of those services aimed at people
who are trying to get around the attachment size limits put in place by
most e-mail providers. Using the service, you cannot share a file with
someone else without first filling out your e-mail address and that of
the person you intend to share the file with.
On the plus side,
the tool lets you add password protection to the file, as well as set
it to be automatically deleted as soon as the person you’re sending it
to has downloaded it. There are also quick links to share your file on
social networks like Twitter and Facebook, along with blogging tools
like Blogger and WordPress.
(2GB): WeTransfer is one of the standouts on this list. It’s a very
slick and stylish site that keeps the number of things you have to fill
out to an absolute minimum. You just pick the file (or files) you want
to send and drop in an e-mail address for both you and the person
you’re sending it to. It then starts the transfer and gives you a
simple status meter with an estimate of how long it has left to go. All
the while you get pretty background photos to look at, which change
every minute or so, along with a link to the artist who made them. This
is also where the service slips in its ads.
(“no limit”): Glide is unlike many of the other services on this list
in that it’s not just a storage provider, it’s an operating system of
its own that can be accessed from any browser. Glide’s “gDrive” gives
users 50GB of free storage space, and users can upload files of any
size when using the company’s Glide One Sync software. Web uploads,
however, are capped at 200MB.
Send This File
(“no limit”): Send This File does not have any hard restrictions in
place on how big your files can be, though it notes that some browsers
cap things at 2GB. That works for us, though.
Send This File
has both free and paid plans, and worth noting about the free version
is that the file will only be hosted on the service for three days
before being deleted. It can also be downloaded a mere three times.
Other downsides include the service throttling download speeds, meaning
that it could take whomever you’re sending it to the greater part of a
day to actually get the file unless you pony up for the paid plans.
Still, if your recipient is patient, it’s simple and software-free.
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