WeTransfer vs Dropbox




A while back I wrote a guide on using Dropbox to share files. There are other ways to store and share files over the net. Torrent files are rarely used but are a great way to share files, especially very large ones. WeTransfer is another great way to share files. There are other online services that I use to share and store files. Today I’d like to review two of them, WeTransfer vs Dropbox and offer suggestions on when you should use them. These sites offer free and paid services, for now I’ll restrict my review to the free services they provide.

Update: WeTransfer now have a pro account at $10/month and you can store the files in the cloud forever. It’s very similar to dropbox, without the dropbox sync (which by the way is a great tool to have). I’d recommend the Dropbox pro account over WeTransfer – you can do more with 1TB dropbox account.

Dropbox Review

This dropbox review takes a closer look at the services that dropbox cloud storage service has to offer and suggests 3 must use tips on how to efficiently use dropbox. I’ve already blogged on how you can share multiple files easily using dropbox. I’ve already compared dropbox and the newest kid in block, in cloud sharing, wetransfer. I’ve yet to review drop box. It’s about time I did.

Caveat: I don’t work for dropbox and I’m not getting paid to write this review. I’ve used the service extensively, over the last two years, to share files with my transcription clients. However, I’ve only used their free service and never found the need to upgrade to a paid service (quite pricey @ $10 a month!).

Share files using Dropbox in 3 Easy Steps


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You have a number of files that you’d like to share with your friends and family. The files could be a photo album of your wedding or a 30 minute video clip of your summer vacation. Unfortunately they are too large to attach to an email or too many. There are a lot of cloud storage services out there that you can you. But from my experience, Dropbox beats them all (and I have tried quite a few).

Dropbox is a free service that allows you to easily share your files with friends.  I use Dropbox to get clients audio and video interview files for transcription.  You may have a Dropbox account, if you don’t click here to register for one. All you need is a working email address.  Here is how you share files using Dropbox.

Step 1: Create a folder.

Once you’ve logged into your Dropbox account, create a folder and give the folder an appropriate name. Folders are a great way to organize share and organize files.

Create a folder

Step 2: Upload the file(s).

Upload the files into the folder. The easiest way to do this is to select the file and then drag and drop into Dropbox. Tip: if you have a large number of files, let’s say 500 files in a folder on your desktop or laptop, use Ctrl + A to select all the files and then drag and drop them into the Dropbox folder. Or simply drag the folder from your computer into Dropbox.

Drag and drop to upload files

Step 3: Share the files.

Here is the fun part, share the file. You can share a single file by getting a link to the file and emailing the link to friends and family. Click on the get a link icon. If you have multiple files it’s easier to place them in one folder and share the folder.

Share the folder through a link or invite.

A few tips:

If your friends, colleagues, or family have Dropbox accounts they’ll have the option to add the file or folder into their Dropbox account if you share it via email. Dropbox automatically adds the folder to their account when they accept the invite to join the folder.

If you install the Dropbox desktop synchronization program, which I strongly recommend, sharing files becomes as easy as drag and drop. You don’t have to open Dropbox in a browser to share the files! Drag and drop the files into their appropriate folder and it’s all synchronized seamlessly. All this happens in the background. If your connection drops before the files have been synchronized, Dropbox picks up from where it had left off.

The only downside to using Dropbox to share files is the space limitation. You only get 2GB space per free account. With its ease of use, a Dropbox accounts soon becomes indispensible to your daily life.  You’ll find that 2GB share space is not enough, my tip; delete, delete, delete!


Share Large Files Using uTorrent in 3 Easy Steps


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Ever wondered how you to share that homemade DVD with your family and friends? Most people these days already have bit torrent clients installed and creating a torrent is one of the easiest and fastest way to share large files.  In our transcription and subtitling business,  we use torrents files to share large video and audio files with our clients. Here’s why.

Unlike other ways of sharing large files, torrents are fast and you can stop and resume them. And you don’t need to index them on piratebay or other sites in order for you to share them with friends, colleagues and family. In fact, if you’re sharing a private file, you do not want to index the file on a public site.

Torrent Files

But what are torrent files? Torrent files contain a bit of information about the files you want to send, the address of the tracker computer, etc. When you send this file to someone (email, Skype, chat, or any other way) and they open it, their uTorrent client connects to the tracker and asks it to tell them who else has this file. The tracker does this, and they connect to you and other people and download the parts of the file they don’t have and upload the parts they have. Torrents enforce 99% quality control by filtering out corrupted and dummy files, ensuring that downloads contain only what they claim to contain. It’s that simple.

The information in the torrent file makes sure that the data you download is correct and not corrupt somehow, and the tracker’s job is to tell people who has the file and where it is. As you’re the creator of the torrent, you are both the tracker and the seed (the person who has the file and is sharing it with others), but there is no reason why these can’t be (and usually are) on different computers. Having multiple seeders speeds up the download rate of the file.

Creating a torrent that shares your own files is very simple. All you need is a good torrent program to get you started on sharing your personal files. uTorrent is a fast, and very tiny BitTorrent client and it’s free. No wonder it’s one of the most popular.

Here are 3 easy steps on how you can create and share a torrent file using uTorrent.

Step 1

 

Share large files using utorrent

Open uTorrent

 

 

Download and install uTorrent. You can download uTorrent here.  Open uTorrent.

Step 2

 

Share large files using utorrent

Add file to utorrent

Open uTorrent. Find the file/folder you wish to share from your hard drive. Select it and drag and drop the file/folder you want to share anywhere in uTorrent. A send file dialog box pops ups. Click on get link.

Step 3

 

Share large files using utorrent

Copy url link and share it with friends.

uTorrent automatically creates a torrent of the file and provides a link that you’ll use to share the file with your friends, family or colleagues. Copy and share this link with whomever you wish to share the file with.

You’re done.

Go ahead and create your first torrent! Happy sharing.

NBs: Only people with uTorrent installed can access the torrent. You’ll need to seed the file, (have your computer and uTorrent on), for others to download it.