Two Easy Ways to Move Hefty Files Around Online


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.


Derek Finley

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Mike Panic

My suggestion for moving large files around, get a dreamhost or similar web host, zip and upload to the server, send the client a link, let them download. Not only does this look better because it’s coming off your server (with your domain name), it doesn’t require the person receiving the file to sign up for anything or jump through hoops. A web browser is all that is needed for the client to download the file(s).

2nd solution is for the more advanced, setup a home FTP server, no overhead except for whatever your ISP charges, but requires a bit more knowledge to setup and keep up.


I’ve started to gather experiences from Dropbox ( It works like Windows’ webdav.

Easy to share large files from any computer. You don’t even need a browser since it can be operated through desktop folders just like an external harddrive. Files are stored online.

It tells you when any file in the specified folder is updated. No need to send emails or other notifications.

2GB free an 50GB for $9.99 per month.

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