Free Tools to Send & Share Large Files Online


Sending big file file on internet to someone is a big hassle because almost every email service (gmail, yahoo, outlook) imposes a file size limit. The problem become even worse when such email services don’t allow you to send setup files.

What can we do in this situation. The most general solution of it is to upload your file (specially large size file) on some file handling website and then send the link to the other party in eMail. This technique makes some practical sense and we all often do such thing but can we make it more efficient, safe and easy?

Have You Tried Google Drive

Google needs no introduction. If you haven’t tried google drive for sending or sharing files then you are missing a well engineered product. All google services works with gmail login. If you have one, then you have google drive account too.

Why Google Drive is Best

First of all it’s a google’s well engineered product.

It’s Free, comes with a desktop client. Which means you will get the google drive software for your PC, just drop file into that folder (normal copy paste) and it’ll get uploaded into google drive.

Send email to share / download file.

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You can set permission, so that no other person will be able to download the file except those who has permission.

There are lot of exciting features like many people can work on the same file and each one can see the editing in real time. Very exciting feature for those who needs a collaborative environment to edit a file and come to the right conclusion while editing real time.

Specification: (More info)

15 GB Free Space.

Keep file in your account as long as you want. No expiration date.

Give and revoke file permission any time.

It’s a cloud service. Can use on tablet, phone, PC, laptop with one account (gmail).

File size you can upload can go upto 10GB.

Don’t Forget Sky Drive (a microsoft cloud service)

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One more premium service for free. Although it comes with lesser features and space but it solves you purpose of sending large file.

Login via any of live.com, outlook.com or hotmail.com account (microsoft service) and start using skydrive.live.com

Skydrive also offers free desktop app to sync files with your web account. Very similar to google drive, sync files, send/share files to someone. Permissions on file. You won’t find much of a difference. The only major difference is webspace, which is almost half of google drive (7GB).

CloudUp is a Real Competitor

Although there are many websites offering such drag and drop service and comes with desktop clients too but CloudUP has done it really innovatively. Just drag your file into cloudup folder, it will ask you the email address and you are done.

File will get uploaded on cloudup server and an email along with the file ling will be sent to the recipient. Detailed CloudUp Review.

Box Notes another Real Time Collaborative Editing Tool

Have you used google docs for Collaborative editing, on the similar grounds box.com has introduced Box Notes. Although the service is yet fully discovered by box but it looks promising. Yet, another Real Time Collaborative editing tool which is simple, light-weight and compatible for all leading platforms.

If you are working on a project with someone and are sharing files on box (which actually is box’s job) you can edit your files on the fly with the help of box-notes, without downloading it. Cloud computing is taking the real lift now. Companies like box, google (google drive), dropbox, skydrive are working and investing heavily on cloud based services.

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Is Box-Notes worth?

Well, the service is just launched and is currently under closed group of users. It’s not the right time but there is something worth noting. Box is not for those who wish to have better service at low cost or free. Worth or not-worth depends on the usage and need. If you don’t have much data to share between clients or team then sadly you don’t need such high quality syncing service. Google Drive is sufficient for you need, where you get good space to store files.

But if you have a team managing a project then such cloud based service, where you can write notes and team up with others to edit a document is worth.

Is box the only service offering Real Time Editing ?

Well, don’t rush to get box-notes. There are other services too which offers almost same features and functionality.


Google Drive is one of my personal favorite. We can collaboratively work while editing document (Yes, Real Time – Where other users can see each other’s cursor ) and sharing files. Not to mention the power of google scripts (if you are a web-developer).

Skydrive: A similar service by microsoft.

Dropbox: Cloud based service with syncing but no real time editing tool.