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How to transfer large files online

November 10, 2008

Over the past few years, I’ve been working with video files more and more. The problem with collaborating with others on video files is that if you’re not in the same location, the sheer size of some of the files creates annoyances, and makes sharing files difficult. FTP applications are a standard solution for this, and I’ve used them, but for very small fees, there are a couple of other very convenient solutions.

Two ways to solve the problem of sharing large files online without headaches are WhaleMail and ADrive. WhaleMail has come under Symantec’s wing, as a result of the company’s acquisition of SwapDrive. WhaleMail is dedicated to one thing, and one thing only: Making it easy to share large files online.

You need to sign up for WhaleMail before using it, and there are tiered plans–with fees that are quite low–available. You pay according to how much monthly or annual storage space your files are going to be occupying, as seen here.

Once you’ve picked a plan, when you want to share a large file, you upload it, and then enter e-mail addresses for those you want to share it with, and click send. The recipients get an e-mail with a link to the location of your file, and the recipient downloads the file. Of course, it still makes sense to compress your files, but there are many free applications for quickly doing that. Xvid is a good, free tool for video file compression.

I’ve written about ADrive’s low-cost monthly service here recently. The company is offering a service for $6.95 a month that gives you 50GB of free storage and the option to upload files of up to 2GB in size–much larger than the size limits imposed by most of the free, online storage providers. The $6.95 a month also buys you the ability to access your computer remotely, backup services, and more.

Both of these are easy ways to move large files such as video files around at very little cost, and without the need to deal with FTP applications.