How to Transfer Large Files

If you are not a computer guru, some computer tasks may appear simple at the first glance but turn out to be a bit tedious. Transferring files between computers is one of such tasks.

Let's say you have a bunch of photos taken with your new camera, or a short vacation movie. How to send or show them to your family or friends? The first idea which comes to mind - to send files via email - may not be the best. Here is why.

E-mail providers won't tell you this. They block large file attachments from being sent via email. They just don't have free resources available for that. They may let you send one or two photos as emal attachments, but that's pretty much it. Often, if your email message exceeds 10-15Mb, they won't even tell you that it can't be delivered to your recipient. So... what to do?

Here is the answer. You have to Upload the files to a safe storage on the Internet, and then include the path (or link) to those files in your email message. This adds just one quick extra step, but virtually guarantees the delivery. How would you do that?

Step 1. Upload files to a secure network storage

Check how large your files are. If they take less than 200Mb altogether, you are in luck! You can use one of those free file transfer services. For example, Emaillargefile.com. Unfortunately, Emaillargefile.com takes only 1 file at a time, so you will need to Zip your files into one file before sending. Read more about how to use Emaillargefile.com here.

If you have too many files, or one of them happens to be larger than 200Mb, then use another online file transfer service, Emaillargefile.Net.

First, log in to the site via the secure page. Then, add the quick description and upload all your files via their file upload applet:

create new file package and upload files

Then, click the list to generate the unique file package link:

download file link

generate file package link

The text highlighted in green is your unique file package link. This is what you should send to your email recipients instead of file attachments.

Copy the link text into clipboard (select all and press Ctrl-C, or Command-C), or simply click 'Create new Email message..'

Step 2. Insert the file link into the email message

When you are in your regular email program, compose your email message as you would normally do. Then, somewhere in the message body, press Ctrl-V or Command-V (Paste), and insert the link to your files package into the email message.

email message with file link

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When your friends receive the message with the link, they will be able to selectively download your files, or download them all in a large ZIP archive:

Conclusion

If your message with all attached files is less than 5-10 Mb, you may use your regular email provider. If you don't want your email message being blocked or need a delivery confirmation, upload your files to the secure storage, and send a package link instead.