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Sending large files: How to send large amounts of data over the Internet

Regardless of whether music, digital photos from the last party or wedding videos in HD or 4K resolution - sooner or later almost every user is faced with the task of distributing large to huge files. Ideally, the data is stored on your own NAS so that other people can easily download it.

But not all users are willing to invest money in a network hard drive or to deal with the configuration of an FTP server. Our five practical tips will help these users, which show how large files can be distributed without any problems. We cover both the sending of e-mails and uploading to the cloud as well as the splitting of huge files.

TIP 1: Send files by email

In times of fast internet connections it is no longer frowned upon to send files of several Mbytes as e-mail attachments. However, mail services or clients refuse to send attachments that are (mostly) larger than 20 Mbytes. Bad: This limit does not refer to the size of a file, but applies to the sum of all attachments. If you want to email your friends photos from the last party, for example, you will quickly reach the maximum.

The limit can at least be overridden in Outlook. To do this, open the registry editor, for example by pressing the [Windows] + [R] keys, entering regedit.exe and confirming with OK. Go to the branch HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / MicrosoftOffice / x.0 / OutlookPreferences, where x.0 stands for the version of Outlook you are using. For Outlook 2010, the version number is 14.0, Outlook 2013 runs under 15.0 and Outlook 2016 is 16.0.

Right-click in the right half of the window, select New and DWORD value (32-bit) and enter MaximumAttachmentSize as the designation. Enter 51200, 102400 or 204800 as the value to limit the maximum size of the system to 50, 100 or 200 Mbytes. However, if you choose the value 0, the size restriction is completely lifted. Close the Registry Editor and restart Outlook to be able to email large files from now on. Please note, however, that depending on the service used, restrictions may apply to the recipient.

TIP 2: Download and share files in the OneDrive cloud

Sending files as an e-mail attachment does not make any sense in practice for file sizes larger than 50 MB. Such situations are not even rare. Hundreds of digital photos easily come together at a wedding where a dedicated photographer goes about his work - at around five MB per picture, the size of the photo collection is in the gigabyte range. Cloud storages such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive are ideal for bringing such amounts of data to the people. The latter option is particularly interesting for Windows 10 users, as OneDrive is firmly integrated into the operating system.

Open Explorer, click on OneDrive on the left, create a new folder, say Wedding, and copy all Digi photos into this directory. The content is then automatically downloaded to OneDrive, which can take a while. Click the OneDrive icon anchored in the systray to take a look at the progress. After the upload is complete, right-click the folder you just created in Explorer and select Share a OneDrive link to save the link to the clipboard. Paste this link into a new e-mail using the key combination [Ctrl] + [V] and send the message to everyone to whom you would like to present the images.

TIP 3: Pack and share with 7Zip

Some cloud providers limit the maximum file size - OneDrive and Dropbox draw the limit at 10 GB, Apple's iCloud allows 15 GB. In most cases this is completely sufficient. The only exceptions are videos in full HD resolution, such as the recording of the last birthday party. The formidable freeware packer 7Zip is of great help in this context, as you can not only compress files with the tool, but also split them up. After the installation, the most important commands are available in the context menu with the right mouse button.

Right click the source file and choose 7Zip, then Add to an archive. The size is selected under Split into partial files (bytes). The easiest way is if you decide on one of the given values, for example 700M - CD. Start the process with OK. Don't forget: To reassemble the files, the recipients also need to install 7Zip.

TIP 4: Split huge files into small chunks with fileSPLIT

Special splitting tools such as fileSPLIT and HJSplit go one step further than 7Zip. This is how it works with fileSPLIT: After you have installed and started the tool, click on the icon with the three dots at 1 and select the file to be split.

With 2 you specify the target directory, with 3 you select the desired file size by opening the drop-down menu and choosing one of the predefined sizes - for example CD, 650 MB. You can start with a click on start.

After you have finished your work, you will find the individual partial archives together with the melt.bat file in the target folder. Upload all files to the cloud and email the link. Great: the recipients don't have to install fileSPLIT. It is sufficient to double-click the melt.bat file to reassemble the original file.

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