Have you ever tried to send a large file, only to have it bounce back with an error message of "Rejected. File too large?" The exact wording may vary from one mail server to another but will be something similar. The problem might be caused by the mail server you use or by the recipient's mail server. Either way, the result is the same: you can't send a big file by email.
You can find dozens of services that will send the file for you, but that requires new software to learn. Most of the services display advertisements to you and to the recipient when uploading or downloading. However, if you use the free Dropbox program, you already have an easy-to-use solution that doesn't display advertising.
I have written about Dropbox a number of times. See http://goo.gl/PHTKn for my earlier articles.
Dropbox is a file synching and sharing program. You can use it to copy files amongst the computers you own, such as a Macintosh at home, a Windows system at work, and a laptop. You can also use it to make online backups of files on your hard drive. Dropbox even saves multiple versions of the same file. For instance, if you update a file every day and suddenly realize you accidentally deleted critical data a week ago, you can retrieve an 8-day-old or 10-day-old version of the file. Best of all, the free Dropbox Basic lets you store up to 2 gigabytes of data in the cloud. Dropbox Pro50 provides 50 gigabytes of storage for $10 per month or $99 per year, and Pro100 storess up to 100 gigabytes for $20 per month or $199 per year.
Many Dropbox users don't realize it is a great way of sharing files as well. If you want to make a file available to a friend or relative, copy the file to \My Dropbox\public folder. (Mac users need to copy it to /Dropbox/Public.) Your recipient doesn't even need to use Dropbox or even know what the program is.
In Windows Explorer or Windows File Manager or Macintosh Finder, right-click on the file name and select DROPBOX and then select COPY PUBLIC LINK. That copies the public file name (not the name you see) into the Windows or Macintosh clipboard. Paste the link into an e-mail message and tell the recipient(s) to click on that link to gain access. Simple.
To see how it works, click on this link from my /Public folder: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/551652/Test-HTML-file.html
If your file is really large or if you have a slow Internet connection, wait a few minutes for your file to be uploaded to Dropbox's servers before notifying your friend that it is available. Once the file has been completely uploaded to Dropbox, it is available to all to download.
All files uploaded to Dropbox must be smaller than the size of your Dropbox account's storage quota. For example, if you have a free 2 gigabyte account, you can upload one 2 gigabyte file or many files that all add up to 2 gigabytes. If you are over your storage quota, Dropbox will stop syncing until you are below your limit.
Keep in mind that all files in your /Public folder are just that: PUBLIC. It is theoretically possible for anyone to download files from your Public folder. If you have anything you want to keep private, encrypt the file first and store only the encrypted version in /Public. Then let your recipient know the encryption key and the method used to encrypt it.
A second method is to privately share a folder with one person and only that one. To use this second method, your recipient must have Dropbox installed and operational. To share files, go to /Dropbox (or \My Dropbox) and right click on the folder you wish to share. Select DROPBOX and then select SHARE THIS FOLDER. Follow the on-screen instructions to send an email message to your recipient that gives instructions.
Once your recipient clicks on the link in the email message and follows the on-screen instructions, he or she will have a new folder under /Dropbox that is identical to your shared folder. Everything you place in the new shared folder will soon appear in your friend's folder and vice-versa: everything he or she places in that folder will soon appear in your folder of the same name.
The advantage of shared folders is that only the intended recipient will be able to access the file(s). Encryption is not necessary. Even the Dropbox employees are not able to view any user's files in private folders. (Anyone can see files in the /Public folder, however.) The disadvantage is that both of you need to have Dropbox installed.
Regardless of the method you choose, and you can use both, Dropbox remains a simple and free method of exchanging all sorts of files, including really large files.
For more information, go to http://www.dropbox.com