Sharing files with  your classmates is nothing new. But when the files you want to share are really big or when there are a lot of them, things get trickier. You might split it up into several different emails or even lend someone your thumb drive. However, these options pretty much suck. Maximum PC wrote up a great article with some tips and tricks of what you can do if you need to send large files online.

Compress Your Files

When you compress your files, you just have a single file to send instead of having to sending each file individually. Additionally, it’ll be smaller meaning less downloading and uploading time. The article suggests several great services for compressing files.

For students, it seems that the best option for compressing your files is WinZip. Although it might not be the best at getting the job done, it does the job and does it for free. Additionally, it has a very easy-to-use interface which makes it great for not-so-advanced users. If you’re unsatisfied with WinZip, check out Maximum PC’s other options, WinRAR ($30 licence) and 7zip (free, but an advanced user interface).

Sharing Through The Cloud

Most of you will already know about these options, so I’ll just breeze through them quickly. Dropbox gives new users 2GB of storage for free, and you can create public folders to share stuff between friends. However, if you want to use more space than 2GB, you’ll have to be willing to spend some money.

Google Docs offers a whole lot more storage for a very small price. $5 a year will get you 20GB of data for your entire Google Account. You can upload files, share public links, and edit all in one place. It’s a pretty great and cheap deal for storing on in the cloud.

Additionally, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can try out your own DIY cloud storage. Here’s what Maximum PC has to say about it: “If you’re reasonably tech savvy and trust that your internet connection is reliable enough, you can host your own cloud server rather cheaply and effectively. All you need is a storage-ready router (the Netgear WNDR3700 is one of our favorites), an external hard drive, and just a bit of networking knowhow. This hard drive/router pairing not only gives you a cheap NAS solution, but also a very simple FTP or even HTTP file server.”

But I Need MOAR

If you need to share even bigger files than what these services allow you, Maximum PC suggests investing some money into an FTC server. Unlimited web hosting services are available for under $50 per year. However, be sure to read the fine print on these things. You can also try to use torrents to move large amounts of information from one place to another.

For more information on sharing large files, see Maximum PC’s full article here.

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