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Why is it so hard to find a free large file hoster? Oh that's right, we live in a world where if you aren't making money for someone, they don't want to know you.

Anyway, i thought i'd start a thread dedicated to knowledge about free file hosting ... i have 2 lists at the moment - the good and the bad ...

The good:

[empty]

The bad:

www.zupload.com
Why: these people are a waste of space. No reliability, no support, no nothing.

www.1010mb.com

www.sharebigfile.com
Why: does small files fine, anything big ...forget it

www.fileden.com
www.filefactory.com
www.Rapidshare.com
www.MediaMax.com
why: misleading site -- very good at 'inviting' you to upgrade to a pay service. How? By neglecting to mention that users can't download anything bigger than 10 MB unless you upgrade. They tell you this AFTER you upload a 250 MB file. Well, they picked the wrong fella --- it only took about 10 minutes but they have this COPY files function where you can move your files around in your file manager. So these guys are now hosting 96 gb worth of copies of my 241 MB file. I hope they never catch on ...


Here's a good site that allows people to share their experiences:

http://www.prospecto...-storage-space/

Another site (yet there's no way at all to give your input to the site creators, ie to tell them that their submit review function doesn't work properly)

http://www.filehostingreview.com

Edited by soporific, 19 March 2007 - 08:31 AM.



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Add Rapidshare to the bad list.

Have you considered a page on Google Pages?

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I've generally had good success with YouSendIt for those one-time-sends. I've transferred 800MB files with them before, although I think they might have changed their methods lately. Ever since I got my own hosting, I haven't really looked at these services.

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I've generally had good success with YouSendIt for those one-time-sends. I've transferred 800MB files with them before, although I think they might have changed their methods lately. Ever since I got my own hosting, I haven't really looked at these services.

Yeah they have changed -- its now 100 MB max upload.

I am now 5 days into my Odyssey ...

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Add Rapidshare to the bad list.

Yeah, I'd put rapidshare very much at the bottom. Too much delays (before downloading and between downloads), annoying weird captchas and all. Everything they can to force you to pay! pay! pay! Downloading anything there is a real PITA and takes forever.

Just discovered another bad one... live-share.com What a joke. Pulling in 0.4KB/s right now... Over 1h left on a 2MB file. Looks like they're being hosted off 56k dialup. Last time it stopped mid-transfer too.

A couple places I've had good experiences with:

mihd.net 2GB max, decent speeds, no captchas, no need to pay to download stuff in the same year like rapidshare, download accelerators supported, etc. (the flash upload is buggy though, so you're better off using the plain old http upload, which shows no progress during upload, just be patient)

megaupload.com has been OK. 500MB max. But there's people complaining there's no slots for their countries and such all the time (I've never experiences that myself, or had anyone I sent files to tell me so either). Might be worth a try.
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I hate rapidshare and megaupload :realmad: .

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Well, I don't know if you guys are like me but as with television, I have learned to tune out advertising. I have a longstanding distrust of advertising If it's on television, I change channels, go get a sandwich or go outside to smoke but the commercials don't get watched by me. Well, except the Geico commercials and I don't use that insurance anyway. So no gain for them with me. On webpages, it doesn't take long to mentally filter out the junk and find what I am looking for. So, again, no gain for them with me. If there is something I want, I Google it or go to specific sites to acquire it.

With the file sharing sites, I can see how it is frustrating to you and I can get frustrated the same way. Quite often, I see someone listing multiple large files for download and people wanting to download them all. Click, click, click. GBs of bandwidth used and from little to zero attention paid to the advertising.

As to people in regions where there is blockage or restriction on downloading or access, I have run into the same thing with a few sites that are overseas to me. I'm guessing it is worse for you. My sympathies.



Oh that's right, we live in a world where if you aren't making money for someone, they don't want to know you.

This is true, but I would think there would be people who would do it for a break even proposition but I don't think that is a reality. How many times have you seen a site shut down or a program stop getting support? Some only want a pat on the back and some only want a little of the financial burden spread around but neither happens.

The cheesy tactics used by some of the sites you list is immoral to say the least.

The question is, what is an easy solution? I say easy because if I were to do it, it would have to be easy.


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I hate rapidshare and megaupload :realmad: .


Yep. Megaupload.com sucks, too. Does mostly the same thing as Rapidshare.de.
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i think rapidshare and megaupload are not problem anymore
there is softwares to download anytime u need it weather they allow or not!
i have good experience with www.4shared.com

i think it's much better

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http://www.divshare.com is a free file hosting service for everyone.
No registration required!

It's easy:
1. Upload a file
2. Get your download link
3. Spread the word!

Features:
Upload unlimited files
Serve unlimited downloads
Files stay online forever!
No pop-up ads or spam
Incredibly fast, reliable servers

The above text is a direct quote from the page linked above.

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Why it is so hard ? Because companies want to have stupid money for traffic ..

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divshare is my favourite

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media fire used to be one of the best, unlimited file size, no wait times, minimal adverts, excellent reliability but they seem to be getting worse with every upgrade
now your limit is 100MB, popups and banner ads and its rarely ever online

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that's why you just buy space thru a webhost for 6-7$ a month. then you host other ppls sites on your server and charge them for the space..


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that's why you just buy space thru a webhost for 6-7$ a month. then you host other ppls sites on your server and charge them for the space..

If your host's TOS lets you. You're buying a service from them, and generally speaking, resale is not permitted.

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that's why you just buy space thru a webhost for 6-7$ a month. then you host other ppls sites on your server and charge them for the space..

If your host's TOS lets you. You're buying a service from them, and generally speaking, resale is not permitted.

crap, i just checked with my host, they allow it if you buy their 25$/month plan. it includes unlimited domains+accounts with 7gigs of disk space.
so if you have connections then it would be a good idea and a nice way to make some extra money, i'm thinking about doing it..
i'm doing some websites for people who still need to buy some space.


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eSnips is fairly good for files up to 50MB
DivShare - used to be good, but it's extremely unreliable nowadays

I will test MediaFire, it looks nice.

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i can never undestand the pain ppl have about rapidshare as i always get my accounts for free via the premium points but still whats the problem with paying some cash for having a fast,reliable file hosting? you pay for your AV,firewall,windows.. right? then why not for the file hosting account if you use it alot?
i would recommend getting an space from a webhost too, to share your files with others if you dont wanna share more than the webhost limit of course.
anyway i dont think that anyone would put all that money and efford to a big hosting website/project and dont charge for it...

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anyway i dont think that anyone would put all that money and efford to a big hosting website/project and dont charge for it...


Exactly.

Anyone in here bitching is a an id***. I'm a webmaster myself, I own a dedicated server is cost like $200/month.
You guys bitching about not beable to upload huge files, it becuase of

1. Harddrive space. Harddrives cost money. If 100 people upload a 1 gig file. Thats 100 GIgs already gone.
2. Bandwidth. Bandwidth is not free it, in most cases if you were allow to poeple to upload and share huge files.
You will run at a loss, there would be no profit. In fact a Advertising banner usually only pays 10 cents per thousand people. NOw if you got 1,000 people come to the downloading page and each one downloads 1 gig file.
Which is 2 TB (Terabyte) (upstream/downstream, once to upload and once to download) and you get payed 10 cents?
Look at the prices here for a dedicated server
http://www.theplanet...lt.asp?class=ms
2500 GB - 299$/month, thats only 2.5 TB. How would one ever pay the server bill not at a loss?
That is not a sustainable business plan, and that is why you will not find a free file hosting site that will allow you to upload such huge files.

So if you wanted to be able to upload huge files you have to Pay money.
nothing on the internet is free, someone is paying and the webmasters aren't running a charity.

Edited by 12643, 03 May 2008 - 01:54 PM.


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hi guys :hello:,

i want to know that, is there any free file (Video) hosting website, which can upload 300MB once at a time and having the total space of 10GB of bandwidth 10GB per month! is there any hosting?

i knew some of the file hosting like

Mediafire
Sendspace
Rapidshare
Hyperfile Share


but in these website if the file is not active within 15 days, it gets deleted automatically, i don't need the website like this,
i need the files to be stay longer untill and unless when the change is with me to delete!


thank you in advance :thumbup

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I totally agree with 12643 that it is not cheap to run a file hosting service.My friend bought a dedicated server but it became very expensive until he finally abandoned it.

Edited by specialbao1, 15 July 2008 - 04:45 AM.


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hi guys :hello:,

i want to know that, is there any free file (Video) hosting website, which can upload 300MB once at a time and having the total space of 10GB of bandwidth 10GB per month! is there any hosting?

i knew some of the file hosting like

Mediafire
Sendspace
Rapidshare
Hyperfile Share


but in these website if the file is not active within 15 days, it gets deleted automatically, i don't need the website like this,
i need the files to be stay longer untill and unless when the change is with me to delete!


thank you in advance :thumbup


Files aren't automatically deleted after a period of inactivity in Mediafire! Only problem with that would be 100MB-per-file limit, but you could use a solid RAR archive! (.r01, .r02, etc.)

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Files aren't automatically deleted after a period of inactivity in Mediafire! Only problem with that would be 100MB-per-file limit, but you could use a solid RAR archive! (.r01, .r02, etc.)


thank you there flarn2006 :)

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host-a.net is doing a good job.

I am using it now for about two months and although the setup is very simple, it is only 40Mb, but it is for life and mirrored.

When you want filesharing for a bunch of small files, I would recommend host-a.net

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i like divshare and easy-share.com




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