Most Email providers and ISPs including the popular GMail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail limit the size of attachments you can send through email. So, how do you send that large file that is too large for e-mail? How to access your data from anywhere in the world without carrying around a USB flash drive? While webmail is good for sending single files, an odd picture here and there, how do you send a batch of holiday photos, a party video?
Following is the list of the top 10 providers and services that let you send large files without worrying about file size restrictions.
The criteria for the ranking is limit of file sizes, download sizes, how long do those files stay, bandwidth restrictions, upload and download restrictions and is registration required.
You do not have to create an account to use MediaMax. Using their free account, you can store files upto 25GB. However you have a maximum file size limit of only 10MB which is worse than most webmails out there. You can also download and share with a transfer limit of 1GB/month.
No registration required. You can send a maximum file size of 100MB. You cannot delete your uploaded file. While you have unlimited bandwidth, the files are available for only 3 days and you can download a maximum of 3 times. You also cannot password protect your uploaded files.
YouSendIt has a maximum file size of 100MB for a free account. When you upload a file, an email is sent to the intended recipient with a link to download the file. You have a limit of 100 downloads over a period of 7 days. The page also includes advertising.
# 7. SendSpace
You do not need to register to use SendSpace. However, registration allows you to edit, recover download links and delete your uploaded files. They host the files indefinitely but in the case of free accounts, if a file has not been downloaded atleast once during a 7 day period, it becomes inactive and then gets removed. You can send files with a maximum file size of 300MB. There is also a download limit of 1GB everyday for free or lite users.
# 6. MegaUpload
MegaUpload is one of the leading providers of online storage and web hosting services where you earn points when other users download your files which you can redeem for a premium account and cash. Simply select the photos, audio, video or documents or anything else you want to send. The interface is simple to use. MegaUpload has a maximum file size of 500MB. Once you select your file, you can either choose to send it to someone or just store it on MegaUpload servers. You will be sent a link which you can then share with others on forums, websites or messengers. You can also password protect your uploaded file and also send it to more than 1000 recipients at a time. You also do NOT need to register to use MegaUpload
DropSend free account has a maximum file size limit of 1GB or 1000MB of storage and up to 5 sends per month. You can also upload your files straight from your desktop from both Windows and Mac. You also have to register to use the account.
zUpload has a maximum file size limit of 500MB. There are also unlimited downloads and no bandwidth restrictions. This is however not permanent hosting and your file will be deleted after 30 days of inactivity.
# 3. MyOtherDrive
You need to register to use MyOtherDrive. However the site gives each user a storage space of 5GB. You can upload files with a maximum file size of 2GB. You can also upload files in bulk unlike uploading single files, one at a time in other services so far.
DivShare offers unlimited downloads and files stay online forever. You can upload upto 200MB of files per upload with upto five files at a time so a file size limit of 1GB. Also you need not register to use DivShare
You do not need to register to use MediaFire. Also, files stay online forever. You can also upload upto 10 multiple files at a time. Free unlimited uploads, unlimited downloads, unlimited bandwidth, multiple simultaneous downloads and no sign up required.If you liked this article, click here to buy me a beer!