This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
How To Video: Share huge files on the Net for free
About Video Transcript

How To Video: Share huge files on the Net for free

2:27 /

Need to send a massive file to someone? Several services will host the file for you at no charge.

More devices do video these days which means more people shoot video, which means more people want to share the video. But have you attempted to email a huge video file? Anything longer than a couple minutes becomes massive. And most email won't allow large files. On this how to I'll show you a few services that let you share files over the Internet that are larger than 1 GB. Some even do it for free! My favorite is Dropbox. You can store up to 2 gigabytes of data for free, or upgrade to 50 GB or 100 GB for 10 or 20 dollars a month respectively. You're limited to uploading 300 MB at a time if you use the web service, but the software file transfer tool works well, and allows you to take advantage of all the space you have. Once you have your data up there, you can share it with anyone on the Net you want. If 2GB is too small, but your pocketbook is empty, try Glide's gDrive at glidedigital.com. It's not just storage, it's a whole virtual operating system, accessible from almost any browser. You get 30 GB of free storage space. They also cap their Web-based uploads at 200 MB. But if you use the Glide One Sync software you can avoid the cap. Then again, how does no limit sound? Too good to be true? Well sort of. Send This File.com has no limit on the size of your file, though they warn you that some browsers may not allow more than 2 GB through at a time. This service is not meant for long term storage though. Files are deleted after three days, and if you're using the free service, speeds may be throttled at either the upload or download end. Along the lines of temporary storage, WeTransfer.com caps you at 2GB, but is one of the easiest services to use. You pick the file, enter the email address your sending to and from and that's it. Similarly FileDropper.com requires no registration and keeps the files forever at a unique URL. Your capped at 5 9GB unless you pay 1 to 10 dollars a month for more space. Those are your fast free recommendations, but there are dozens of other services. Webware's Josh Lowensohn has a comprehensive writeup of all your options at Webware.com. Now get out there and send some fat files. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com.

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 071: Ashes in space,...
24:07 October 20, 2014
On today's show, we're discussing a new, 17-mile-high way to scatter your loved one's ashes, how Robert Downey,...
Play video
Fast data in the Buick LaCross...
6:24 October 20, 2014
With a big, comfy cabin and a built-in 4G WiFi hotspot, the Buick LaCrosse makes for a modern, mobile off...
Play video
How to get started with Apple...
1:36 October 20, 2014
Find out how to set up your Apple iPhone to be your new digital wallet.
Play video
Google goes big with with Nexus...
3:24 October 20, 2014
Google surprises with the Nexus Player, Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to more devices, and get your .soy...
Play video
Apple Pay is the most secure way...
1:55 October 20, 2014
For iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, Apple Pay is a super-secure alternative to plastic cards. But are retailers...
Play video
As Apple Pay launches, others reimagine...
2:55 October 20, 2014
Apple's payment system rolls out at some retailers and promises more protection from hackers. But Zwipe and...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,568: Oculus XXX,...
32:24 October 20, 2014
On today's show we'll discuss Chicago's planned "smart corners" project, gasp at a Comic Sans typewriter,...
Play video
Free up space in iCloud
2:10 October 20, 2014
Running out of cloud storage and don't want to pay for more? CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how free up space...
Play video