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Share huge files on the Net for free

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

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More devices do video these days, which means more people shoot video, which means more people want to share video. But have you attempted to e-mail a huge video file? Anything longer than a couple of minutes becomes massive. And most e-mail won't allow large files.

In this how-to I'll show you a few services that let you share files over the Internet that are larger than 1GB. Some even do it for free!

My favorite is Dropbox. You can store up to 2GB of data for free, or upgrade to 50GB or 100GB for $10 or $20 a month respectively. You're limited to uploading 300MB 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 30GB of free storage space. It caps its Web-based uploads at 200MB, 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. SendThisFile has no limit on the size of your file, though the site warns you that some browsers may not allow more than 2GB through at a time. This service is not meant for long-term storage: 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 caps you at 2GB, but is one of the easiest services to use. You pick the file, enter the e-mail address you're sending to and from, and that's it.

Similarly, File Dropper requires no registration and keeps the files forever at a unique URL. You're capped at 5GB unless you pay $1 to $10 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.