Sending giant files
Question : How can I
send a 50MB file to a friend, since it's
way too big for an e-mail attachment ?
Are there ways to do it other than
burning a CD and using the mail ?
Answer : For server
space and bandwidth reasons, many 3-mail
providers limit file attachments on a
message to no more than 5MB or 10MB in
size. This often makes it difficult to
send things like high-resolution
photographs or digital video files as
If burning the files to a CD and
mailing them isn't a workable option,
there are other methods of
electronically transferring your large
file. People or companies with their own
websites often upload large files or
folders to the web server with a
file-transfer program -- and send the
intended recipient a user name and
password to use for retrieving the
files. But this may not be an option for
a lot of people.
Instead, several companies offer to
transfer huge files over the Internet.
Instructions for using each service
vary, so be sure to read the information
on the site.
Pando, for example, has free and paid
versions of its software for
transferring files www.pando.com and it
works with both Windows and Macintosh
You can send fiels up to 1GB in size
free through Pando, and the company has
paid plans starting at US$5 a month to
send even larger files from machine to
www.yousendit.com ) is another
service that promises to transfer your
big files You can send files of up to
100MB free with its YouSendIt Lite
service -- or files up to 2GB in size
with the company's US$5-a-month service.
Some free or inexpensive online
file-storage services like Xdrive (
www.xdrive.com ), iBackup (
www.ibackup.com ) and FilesAnywhere
www.filesanywhere.com ) also let you
mark certain files for sharing.
This means friends can download a big
file themselves from your online storage
drive, rather than dealing with e-mail
attachments that are too big to fly.
Apple's .Mac service also has a Public
folder option with its iDisk virtual
drive feature that can be used as a
drop-box for friends to exchange files.