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6 Best ways to Transfer Files between Computers

Whether its from home to work, school to laptop, or friend to friend, there are going to be situations where you need to transfer files between computers. We will assume for now that the file is over 10MB, and cannot be emailed, and you forgot your USB drive at home.

I tried about 15 different file transfer and sharing services, but I tried to narrow it down the the top 6.

 

1. DropBoks

Visual appearance – *****

Ease of use/Simplicity – ****

Sharing Capabilities – ** 

File Size Limit – 1GB

 

Pros -

 - super simple design, very easy to use

 - 1gb account limit

 - see all your files at once in an explorer-like view 

Cons -  

 - must create account

 - can't share easily with other people

 - slower file upload, suited best for small files 

 

2. YouSendIt

Visual appearance – ***

Ease of use/Simplicity – ***

Sharing Capabilities – *****

File Size Limit – 100MB

 

Pros -

 - delivers files directly via email

 - no login required

 - with registration, you can see all the files you have sent, and track number and date of downloads 

Cons - 

 -  recipient's email is confusing, many links

 - could be mistakenly marked as spam

 

 

3. localhostr

Visual appearance – **

Ease of use/Simplicity – *****

Sharing Capabilities – ****

File Size Limit – 50MB

 

Pros -

 - very fast upload

 - URL to share with recipients 

Cons - 

 - no registration option to track and view shared files

 - very disposable feel  

 

 

4. 1-Click-Share

BLABLA

Visual appearance – *

Ease of use/Simplicity – ****

Sharing Capabilities – ****

File Size Limit – 100MB

 

Pros -

 - password protection

 - delete file option 

 - relatively fast upload 

Cons - 

- actual page is ugly, and filled with ads

 - recipients must wait 20 seconds on page before downloading file

 

 

5. DivShare

Visual appearance – ****

Ease of use/Simplicity – ***

Sharing Capabilities – *****

File Size Limit – 200MB/File, Total: Unlimited

 

Pros -

 - organize uploaded files into folders

 - unlimited file size limit, or account limit

 - choose to use download URL, or direct email 

 - clean, text email for recipient 

Cons - 

 - can not upload .exe files

 

 

6. WiPeer (download)

Visual appearance – ****

Ease of use/Simplicity – ***

Sharing Capabilities – *****

File Size Limit – Unlimited

 

Pros -

 - fast transfer between people on the same local area network

 - unlimited file limit

 - multiple users can share between themselves 

Cons -

 - cannot transfer with people who are not on your network

 - recipient must be using WiPeer 

 

 

Conclusion

Personally, I use DropBoks for transfering documents between computers. If I need to send a larger file to someone, I will use DivShare, because it its fast, no limit, and I can keep tabs on and delete old files. However if you are looking for a more professional means to transfer files, you might want to look into a premium YouSendIt account. Also, for very casual file transfers between friends, you could use 1-Click-Share, or localhostr. I don't think it needs to be said that a USB drive is probably faster and better than any of the above, if you have one.  

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4 Responses to “6 Best ways to Transfer Files between Computers”

  1. Mark Shead says:

    Nice set of comparisons. I tend to use ftp to move stuff to my server and then pull it down on the other computer, but it isn’t very intuitive. More recently I’ve been using instant messaging clients to move stuff around. It seems to work pretty good if you have access to both computers at the same time.

  2. iulian v says:

    http://www.transfer.ro works good in Romania and I am using it often! I’m curios to see if it’s available in other parts of the world.

  3. George says:

    http://www.wetransfer.com has become my standard. Seems to work awesome, especially up to the 2 GB limit by email. Just have to get it working on my Linux server properly…