Transferring Files


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Juan Wei

I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).

A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.
 
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philo 

I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).

A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.


This might do the trick.

http://www.filesovermiles.com/

I never tried it though
 
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mick

I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).
A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.
I am not a user but doesn't Logmein allow you to transfer files from
his computer direct to yours?
 
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Juan Wei

mick has written on 7/31/2013 6:47 PM:
I am not a user but doesn't Logmein allow you to transfer files from
his computer direct to yours?
The paid version does.
 
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Paul

Juan said:
I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).

A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.
Take a look through the tools here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_remote_desktop_software

Look for a tool which is "free", and "supports file transfer".
Teamviewer for example.

If you can get to his machine, then perhaps you can "bootstrap" yourself
into using one of the other remote control tools.

What you're looking for is:

1) A tool which encrypts the session with SSL or equivalent
(no plaintext transmission for the NSA).
2) A tool which does direct node to node transfer. No "leaving a copy"
on a cloud server. If you must leave a file on a cloud server,
make sure you use heavy encryption before doing so.

If you wanted to be really dumb:

1) On one end of the setup, install IIS and FTP. IIS is a web server
bundled with certain versions of Windows. Look in Programs and Features
(the old Add/Remove) for Windows features you can turn on and off.

2) Set up FTP. The individual servers don't go operational, until you
turn them on. The hard part, is getting the damn password settings
to work. (I use FTP in my house, to go from the kitchen to the computer
room, so that's where I've tested this. That's for pushing a backup from
my laptop, to my desktop backup drive, over GbE. That's faster than USB2.)

If you were to do that, the script kiddies on the Internet, would find
your FTP server before you had a chance to finish your FTP transfer.
The transfers would be in plaintext, if done that way. The advantage
of using the newer tools, the ones with SSL or VPN, is the "pipe" they
use can be a bit more private and protected.

I wouldn't leave a file on *any* cloud server, as of today...

HTH,
Paul
 
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Zaidy036

I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).

A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.
- - - - - - File Share
http://letscrate.com/
http://justbeamit.com/
http://www.filetolink.com/
http://www.filephile.net/index.php
http://ge.tt/
http://www.pando.com/what
http://uploadingit.com/
https://www.yousendit.com/
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

Juan Wei <[email protected]> said:
I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).

A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.
Since apparently Logmein doesn't do file transfer in the free version
(assuming that's what you have), you could use Teamcenter, which I think
does. But to answer the question you asked: that depends what you mean
by "file transfer sites". If you mean things like Dropbox, then it is my
understanding that you do have to "open an account" (set up access) with
them in order to _up_load to them; I think most of them then provide a
web-based interface that handles the transfer. If you find one that
provides space but no easy interface, then you'll need ftp (file
transfer protocol) to do the upload; I don't know if there's any such
built into Windows 7, but if there isn't, there are plenty around - I
can only name two, Cuteftp and WS-ftp (the latter of which I use), and I
don't know if they work on 7.

If his ISP account includes any free webspace then he may already have
access to somewhere that could be used, though 500M may be more than is
offered.

Once the file is up, then in order for a different person to be able to
download it, they need to be told the link, and any password required
for access (no problem in your case as you'll be doing the upload by
remote); in the case of most of the sharing sites, it'll then just be a
matter of downloading via your browser. In the case of a plain
FTP-accessed storage area you _might_ need to have FTP software at your
end too. (Some browsers have at least FTP _down_load capability built in
- you just use ftp:// instead of http://, at least that's how some of
them work - but if there's a password required, which there is likely to
be, the means of including that in the URL I have forgotten [and may
vary between browsers anyway].)

As others have pointed out, you may want to - unless you use a direct
transfer method that includes encryption anyway - encrypt the files
before transmission (whether direct or via some storage).

I'd say the preferred way of doing the transfer is 1. direct, 2. via
remote storage, 3. via email. There are utilities around which split up
(and reassemble - don't forget that aspect of course!) files into
smaller chunks, usually of user-defined sizes; they used to be (and
maybe still are) popular on the binary newsgroups with people who wanted
to post files bigger than would get through the system. Some of these (I
think rar might be one?) allow for some element of two-way communication
in which the receiving end can post a short summary file which in effect
lists the parts that haven't got through. At least one (actually two if
you include the old .zip, as that can make self-extractors) of the
utilities I've used make the first part into an executable, so the
receiving end doesn't have to have any reassembly software but just runs
the first part, though I don't think either of those had intelligent
ways of handling missing parts.
 
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Dave

I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).

A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.
I've used filedropper in the past. Doesn't require sign up, you upload the
file and they give you a link. Only problem I've had is supposed to hold
the file for 30 days, but not sure if they really do. 5gb max.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

If you find one that
provides space but no easy interface, then you'll need ftp (file
transfer protocol) to do the upload; I don't know if there's any such
built into Windows 7, but if there isn't, there are plenty around - I
can only name two, Cuteftp and WS-ftp (the latter of which I use), and I
don't know if they work on 7.
I use FireFTP, which works fine on 7.

My main problem with a GUI FTP program is that it is so convenient that
one can totally forget how to do command line FTP...or at least this one
can :)
 
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Juan Wei

J. P. Gilliver (John) has written on 8/3/2013 4:34 AM:
Juan Wei <[email protected]> said:
I'm coming to file transfer sites late in the game (so to speak).

A friend wants me to transfer some rather large files (say, up to 500MB)
from his computer when he is away.

We have Logmein set up so that I can operate his computer.

Exactly what would I have to do to transfer a file to a file transfer
site and then retrieve it to my computer? What sites do you like? Assume
that he has no accounts like Dropbox.

I apologize for the very basic nature of this question.

Thanks.
Since apparently Logmein doesn't do file transfer in the free version
(assuming that's what you have), you could use Teamcenter, which I think
does. But to answer the question you asked: that depends what you mean
by "file transfer sites". If you mean things like Dropbox, then it is my
understanding that you do have to "open an account" (set up access) with
them in order to _up_load to them; I think most of them then provide a
web-based interface that handles the transfer. If you find one that
provides space but no easy interface, then you'll need ftp (file
transfer protocol) to do the upload; I don't know if there's any such
built into Windows 7, but if there isn't, there are plenty around - I
can only name two, Cuteftp and WS-ftp (the latter of which I use), and I
don't know if they work on 7.

If his ISP account includes any free webspace then he may already have
access to somewhere that could be used, though 500M may be more than is
offered.

Once the file is up, then in order for a different person to be able to
download it, they need to be told the link, and any password required
for access (no problem in your case as you'll be doing the upload by
remote); in the case of most of the sharing sites, it'll then just be a
matter of downloading via your browser. In the case of a plain
FTP-accessed storage area you _might_ need to have FTP software at your
end too. (Some browsers have at least FTP _down_load capability built in
- you just use ftp:// instead of http://, at least that's how some of
them work - but if there's a password required, which there is likely to
be, the means of including that in the URL I have forgotten [and may
vary between browsers anyway].)

As others have pointed out, you may want to - unless you use a direct
transfer method that includes encryption anyway - encrypt the files
before transmission (whether direct or via some storage).

I'd say the preferred way of doing the transfer is 1. direct, 2. via
remote storage, 3. via email. There are utilities around which split up
(and reassemble - don't forget that aspect of course!) files into
smaller chunks, usually of user-defined sizes; they used to be (and
maybe still are) popular on the binary newsgroups with people who wanted
to post files bigger than would get through the system. Some of these (I
think rar might be one?) allow for some element of two-way communication
in which the receiving end can post a short summary file which in effect
lists the parts that haven't got through. At least one (actually two if
you include the old .zip, as that can make self-extractors) of the
utilities I've used make the first part into an executable, so the
receiving end doesn't have to have any reassembly software but just runs
the first part, though I don't think either of those had intelligent
ways of handling missing parts.
I located a private FTP host and am in the process of uploading a huge
file! Estimate is 5+ hours.
 
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Paul

Juan said:
I located a private FTP host and am in the process of uploading a huge
file! Estimate is 5+ hours.
I hope you compressed it, before starting the upload :)

That will cut some of the hours off.

Try 7ZIP, add to archive, use Ultra compression, for best results.
*Then* do the upload. Decompress on the download side, later.
Using another copy of 7ZIP.

http://www.7-zip.org/

Even his "alpha" and "beta" releases, are stable.
Not usually a problem. Must be tested pretty well,
or have a good test suite to run against them.

Paul
 
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Metspitzer

Metspitzer has written on 7/31/2013 6:06 PM:

It looks like he would need an account to be able to upload a file.
Then he sends me the link, and I can just download the file from the link?
You don't need an account. Make a small test file and try it.
I use Winrar. If the file is over 400M Winrar will split the file in
two or more parts. You can put a password on the file to make it more
secure.

It is also very fast and you can request more than one part at a time.
 
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Juan Wei

Metspitzer has written on 8/4/2013 3:33 PM:
You don't need an account. Make a small test file and try it.
I use Winrar. If the file is over 400M Winrar will split the file in
two or more parts. You can put a password on the file to make it more
secure.

It is also very fast and you can request more than one part at a time.
I was able to upload a 22MB file fairly quickly but I have yet to see a
link for downloading!
 
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Metspitzer

Metspitzer has written on 8/4/2013 4:20 PM:

It did when I uploaded a tiny file but not on the one I cared about.
I am not sure then. Sorry.

Was the file over 400M? That is the limit for uploads without an
account. With an account, you are supposed to be able to upload files
up to 1G.
 
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Juan Wei

Metspitzer has written on 8/4/2013 4:36 PM:
I am not sure then. Sorry.

Was the file over 400M? That is the limit for uploads without an
account. With an account, you are supposed to be able to upload files
up to 1G.
Just about 23MB zipped. Maybe it didn't like the 7z extension?
 
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