How to Transfer Large Files

Each file has a different weight to it, making it easy or hard to transfer. You can check how much your file “weighs” by looking at its properties.

Sending multiple files will also add to the size. If you want to make a large file transfer, you might be met with a few problems. For one, most email applications and services offer a limited size, usually 25 MB, as an attachment.

This means that high-quality pictures and videos may be rejected when you try to send them as an email. So, what else can you do solve your file transfer issues? Well, there are quite a few options, six to be exact, that we will discuss below.  

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How to transfer large files

1. Use file compression

A variety of software will allow you to compress large files into smaller sizes, leaving you with a light zipped folder to send instead. It is also extremely useful if you plan to transfer more than one big file. The smaller the folder, along with the less quantity to send, the faster the file transfer.

File compression can be used in a variety of file formats with a few simple clicks. Most computers have this feature built-in, but if not, you can download an unlimited amount of free software to do the job. If you are worried about how to extract the files, many computers also include this tool automatically.

2. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN’s can be used to transfer large files free of charge in most cases. However, be aware that internet connection tends to slow down when using a VPN. The good news is that you can send multiple files and the size doesn’t matter, though it will take longer to upload and get sent.

3. Use a cloud service.

If you are looking to only save and occasionally view your files or documents, then a cloud service can do the trick. This means that your files will be figuratively in the air, saving precious hard drive space and allowing you to have it at your reach whenever.

Most cloud services will charge a minimal fee depending on the amount of memory you require. Check with your phone’s provider to see if you qualify for free storage (can be anywhere from 5-10GB).

4. Go old-school and use FTP.

File Transfer Protocol is available in all operating systems. Add a quick add-on or extension to make better use of this simple and free feature. You can also find many websites willing to support upload and download of multiple files. This type of file transfer service will require access to a remote server.

5. Look for a secure and fast file transfer service online.

You can find anything on the internet and a file transfer app or website is no exception. Do a quick search online for a website that catches your attention and can correctly send your files.

6. Courier a hard drive.

This option is reasonable if you are dealing with very dense files, such as 50GB and more (especially if surpassing 1TB). Uploading such a large file online will literally take hundreds of hours plus all the time it will take to download as well. It is also the fastest way of going about a file transfer, no matter the size.

Most providers will charge you a flat fee in order to upload a file of such size and you will have to acquire your own drive as well. However, the process is rapid, simple and the hard drive can be effectively encrypted.

What types of problems can emerge?

Saving large files in sent or on your hard drive will lead to rapid memory loss and a slower computer. It is important to do any backups of files to prevent data loss.

Keep at least one copy on a USB or similar device in case of any emergencies while uploading and transferring the file. If you are using a third party website for the job, it may also be wise to encrypt any sensitive files before uploading them to prevent information theft.

Any online file transfers should be done with a strong and reliable internet connection to avoid pausing the processor starting all over with it. If possible, you may consider connecting your computer directly to an Ethernet cable for better results.

How to ensure a secure file transfer

If you want a secure file transfer then you must take necessary steps beforehand. One of them as mentioned before can be file encryption.

Another step is using only reliable and trustworthy websites, applications, or software. You can easily find out if a site is secure by reading through reviews and experimenting with a less important file at hand.

Many sites offer premium features that guarantee security if it is a huge issue for you.

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