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April 29, 2007

Share Big Files Fast

You'd think that all these communications tools that ask you to move your files online make it easy to move big files too. I've recently had to send an archive that had around 100 MB to a group of people. If I wanted to send the file to a single person, an instant messenger like Google Talk or Yahoo Messenger would've been a good option. I initially thought that BitTorrent is a good idea, but that works well for a big group that connects at the same time (though Pando is a nice client based on BitTorrent).

So file hosting had to work. Unfortunately there are many options and most of them are bad: they require to register, they have traffic limitations or they're slow. Here are some of the best file hosting solutions I've found:

mihd.net - they promise to let you upload files up to 2 GB (they lowered the limit to 200 MB temporarily), the site has a lot of text ads, but the download speed is very good (at least 100 KB/s) and there aren't hourly download limitations. The files are deleted depending on their file size: for 100 MB, they're deleted 45 days after the last download.

DivShare lets you upload files smaller than 200 MB, but they're never deleted. You also get some basic stats and previews for images, MP3s and videos.

MediaFire has a very nice interface and lets you upload files up to 100 MB without any limitation. The download speed is almost as good as for mihd.net and they even scan your files for viruses.


I ended up using mihd, although the other two sites are also very good. If you know something better that doesn't require registration, software and has very few or no limitations, I'm all ears.

39 comments:

  1. cool review didnt hear of divshare before looks ok, mihd speeds are good for a free service and they answer emails quickly when i lost my delete link, mediafire is slow to europe but the rounded corners do the job

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  2. I use MediaFire primarily. I usually forget the download a few days later and if I want to find it back, it's not easy. But in MediaFire, I just log in and my files are there. One bad thing about MediaFire is I can't use it with DownThemAll and as such.

    Mihd speed is quite good.

    DivShare - never heard of before. I'll give a go.

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  3. I prefer Localhostr. though it is for a bit smaller files.

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  4. My favorite is senduit.com -- the UI is so phenomenally simple, it makes all the other file sharing services look bloated.

    Another good option is box.net -- box.net acts more like an online hard drive, in which you can share files by making them public. This notion of an online hard drive has tons of potential (remember all those rumors about GDrive?).

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  5. I prefer FileWind

    It allows up to 500MB files, and it'll split up anything larger than that.
    Unlimited downloads and uploads.
    No registration required.
    Files deleted after inactivity of 30 days.

    This is _THE_ file storage site to use.

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  6. http://www.wikiupload.com/
    5 GB, no ads , dunnow about the speed though

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  7. http://www.yousendit.com/ for sending large files and http://www.bugmenot.com/ for bypassing registration.

    Cheers!

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  8. Stumbled across an interesting thing in Gmail: I sent an email from work to my gmail account and attached a couple of fairly large files. When I read gmail from home and downloaded the attachemnts, it downloaded them as a zip file.

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  9. Did you check esnips? Gives you 5 GB of free storage albeit with registration. The max file size is 100MB.

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  10. File Transfer Protocol.

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  11. Actually, Pando keeps around a copy of your file on our servers (disclosure: I work there) for a time, so users don't all have to be connected at the same time for the transfer to succeed. Unlike YouSendIt and company, if users happen to be on at the same, they join in and share the pieces they have downloaded, which speeds up and makes more efficient the file delivery.

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  12. Sendspace is also a good alternative.

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  13. I use www.transferbigfiles.com quite a lot

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  14. Why not just install what millions of people already do? Install your own Online Hosting system such as a BBS system!

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  15. I prefer eParcel because it is safe, using https. It's not free service, but for me security is important. Works fine!

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  16. I hear a lot about YouSendit.

    Why is having to create a username etc a bad thing? It can come in handy if files have a great deal of sensitivity to have some controls, tracking and reporting.

    Also, look at www.digitalfastball.com

    They have a non client version. If you download the client it's 5x FTP so should be much better than your 100KB/ps parameter.

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  17. www.up-file.com does all that you want it's DL speed is slow.

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  18. I started using MongoFiles.com. Seems as it is just opened, found them on FreeWebSpace.net.

    What they say is you get 99 Gigs of space, no ads, files are never deleted.

    No hot-linking possible, but I am not sharing with everybody ... Just my friends. :)

    ~100 kb speed to Europe ...

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  19. Divshare is terrible. Wouldn't entrust anything important too it. For the past few days it has been mostly unreachable and when it is there, it crawls along. You can't even delete a file from your user interface.

    Verdict.... buggy and slow

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  20. BigEasyShare.com
    is a really good one. There are a few ads but nothing obnoxious or annoying. It doesn't require any registration and you can upload files up to 100MB and send it to 5 email recipients. It has a simple design and is simple to use.

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  21. Hello

    mihd.net is being replaced by ifile.it

    with some exciting new features

    Regards

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  22. I am currently developing a web site that allows you to securely share and send files that are too big to e-mail. There are no file or size limits, no software to download and install, and it is 100% free. It also works on all platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux.

    The site is fileai.com, and we are currently in open beta. If you happen to stop by and give it a try, we'd appreciate any feedback.

    Thanks! :)

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  23. Thank you very much for sharing these knowledge.

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  24. To move large files, you can just use the GMS, which is an online media system. There you can also convert your files from flv to avi or mpeg. Make yourself at www.gozzi.dk or write to Giovanni@Gozzi.dk
    system, visit the www.gozzi.dk / people newspaper

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  25. ifile.it 50 Mb Up/5 Mb down... Fast no, free yes. Too slow for me

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  26. Good article; however, there is an even better way to, send large files fast and for little to no cost, between computers and mobile devices! No membership required. I simply pay for the file size I'm sending with no further obligations.

    http://www.swapitencryptit.com

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  27. I know alternative file share.
    It's http://creafile.com.
    Upload file 2Gb. File save on the storage
    30 day after lasy download.
    Users don't wait hours between download.
    Good speed for download if you are not register
    and don't buy VIP account.
    I think it is very good.

    http://creafile.com

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  28. did anyone checked rapidshare?

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  29. Another option is http://www.fileapartment.com...

    - Up to 1 GB
    - Free, safe, and secure
    - Easy to use
    - No software to download or registration required

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  30. "Blogger Manish M. Shah said on June 9, 2009 10:39 AM PDT:
    Another option is http://www.fileapartment.com...

    - Up to 1 GB
    - Free, safe, and secure
    - Easy to use
    - No software to download or registration required "

    WORKS GREAT!

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  31. pinoydownloadhere.blogspot.comMarch 16, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    i want to share www.stashbox.org
    fast and really good


    2010 software and unlimited download without time limit and registration..
    visit:
    www.pinoydownloadhere.blogspot.com
    http://pinoydownloadhere.blogspot.com

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  32. uorale.com it's the best option around.

    greetings,
    Bart.

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  33. Multi Uni-Uploader in One Word is All what you talk about in One Software!

    Software blog/News/Updates & Download from here:
    http://yassinov-tn.blogspot.com/

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  34. Here's some more options for file sharing sites, there's some information on download speeds on the specific sites as well: File download sites

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  35. Look at http://www.filesharesite.com It's free, upload limit is 2GB, no registration required, and I have downloaded at between 450KB/sec and 550KB/sec.

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  36. Try www.onlinedisken.dk if you need to share big files over the internet. Its in Danish but its no problem. I try it and its works for my.

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  37. http://www.mongofiles.com/ is the BEST...it is not necessary to log in ;)

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  38. filesonic.com
    I am uploading 2.4 GB without registration. Its uploading at 250kb/sec. So not bad for that file size.

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  39. I'm getting 30Mbps (about 3MB/s) upload and download speeds to FileShareSite.com (mentioned by Justin above). Never seen speeds like this on a free site with no registration requirement. Nice!

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