Gmail's maximum attachment size is 25 MB. How to send files bigger than that?
I've experienced this problem very many times. Thankfully, there are a few good solutions. They all involve using file-sharing services.
Some of the ones I'm about to list have already been mentioned, but I want to compare them in detail.
- Hightail (previously YouSendIt) - upload via the website; up to 50MB; not a lot of control in the free plan; paid plans available
- Dropbox - somewhat hard to set up (you have to install it once; afterwards, you can just upload via their site); up to 2GB; very private (to view, you have to give someone a username and password)
Don't do it.
- Inefficient (MIME encoding bloats the files like 30%)
- Likely to cause problems for people (ie. you're going to hose your friend's work account who is on Exchange 2003 with a 200MB mailbox that's almost full).
There's just no good reason for file attachments larger than 25MB.
No Flash is required, Easy Transfer of files.
Lots of players in this space but http://wetransfer.com offers 2GB of space in exchange for your email address.
Its currently flash based only.
If you're on a mac I really like CloudApp. Drag the file to the menu bar icon and the URL is automatically copied to your clipboard. Paste it in the email and send.
Another favorite option is File Apartment at fileapartment.com. Easy to use, fast, no software to download or registration, up to 1 GB, free option, safe, and secure.
You can try Ipswitch Sendable. There's a free trial that allows you to send up to 250 MB, and paid services with limits of 5GB and 15GB per file / month.
You can send files up to 2GB at Sprend and it'll also send an email-address notifying where to download the file.
Upload the file to Rapidshare and send the link (generated by Rapidshare) to the recipient.
I like DropSend.
You can split the file using tools like GSplit. But, we still have the pain of uploading. To avoid that trouble, the only way is to host your local PC as a server using tools like HFS. (Google it. I am a new user and unable to add more than a link in a post. Sigh).
Anyway, running server requires some level of configuration and your Internet connection must be quite good to yield proper transfer rate.
I use http://www.filesharehq.com - free account for sending and storing 500MB and I can use ftp to load files.
"Microsoft is also leveraging SkyDrive to make it easier to share photos. Users frequently encounter problems with attachment limits either on the sending or receiving side, Mehta said.
Microsoft is skirting around that problem by automatically creating a SkyDrive folder with photos as someone sends an e-mail with photo attachments. Rather than attaching multimegabyte photos with the message, Hotmail will instead send a thumbnail of the photos while the full-size photos are sent to SkyDrive"
Microsoft Rolls out Hotmail Enhancements --> www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/196490/microsoft_rolls_out_hotmail_enhancements.html
"Send virtually all the photos you want to without having to worry about attachment limits or clogged inboxes, either at your end or on the recipient's end. Hotmail works with Windows Live SkyDrive, your free online storage space from Windows Live, so you can send up to 200 photos of up to 50 MB each (10 GB total) in a single message. It's as easy as sending regular attachments, but we give you the option of uploading them to SkyDrive. This means the people you're sending photos to get an email containing a preview of the photos, along with links to launch a slide show or download the photos to their hard drives — all in a single .zip file instead of painstakingly downloading them individually. Or they can even import them straight into Windows Live Photo Gallery. Sharing lots of large photo attachments has never been more easy or painless."
There's a few services out there that let you upload a file, and then give you credentials that you can send to people, and then they delete the file after a couple of days.
I used to know most of the players in the space, but it's been too many years -- the only one that I can remember is the one that the company I worked for did (WhaleMail, now owned by Semantic, it looks like)
I have no idea what the current terms / limits / etc are.
Try wuala.com. You can share 1G+- off the bat and if you share space in your system 24/7 you can get a proportional amount of space on their cloud for free up to 100G !
There is also MyNetworkFolders which provides 1 GB free storage with browser, WebDAV, desktop and iPhone clients.
I would suggest that the best thing to use would be a file optimization program, such as NXPowerLite. This will remove all the file bloat and leave you with a file size reduction of 60-70% without any difference in look/feel.
Works for me!
Try FileDropper. It's a great service. It's free, the upload max is 5GB, and it's dead simple to use.
I like http://www.toldacuccot.hu/en — works like YouSendIt.com etc. but without being hassled to start paying. Up to 500Mb per file, and you can send several files at once without having to .zip them beforehand.
If you can arrange to be online at the same time as your recipient, file transfer via Skype is often a quick and easy way to send stuff around, although it quickly gets difficult if there are multiple recipients.
Also, never underestimate the bandwidth of a padded envelope full of DVD-Rs and a stamp. :o)
After trying a lot of uploading services, I've finally pick out mediafire.com . It's pretty fast for every country and easy download / upload / share.
You can try http://www.mirrorcreator.com/ to upload to multiple host at the same time.
You can try TransferBigFiles as described in this article : How to send large files through a website.
All transfers go through HTTPS using SSL encryption. The free package offers
- 1 GB Storage
- Up to 100 MB per file
- Files kept for 5 days
Sending large files via email is not the best option IMHO.
In fact, there are plenty of services to send large files.
I'm personally in love with FileDropper and Dropbox, but - again - there are lots around. Check here if you want a solid reference: http://www.masternewmedia.org/how_to_send_large_files_without_email/
With my customers, I need to receive their stuff: I use Expedimedia.com to Send and receive large files. It is great because my clients do not have to register. They also have a free trial account. Their service is in French and English.
Here is another good web based service: