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Windows 7: Transferring files between different computers

26 Feb 2013   #1

32bit Windows 7 Ultimate
Transferring files between different computers

I have a film (4gb and yes, NO copyright involved) that l want to send to someone. The first thing l did was to winrar it into three different formats (ie the complete film, the film in 200mb chunks, and the film in 400mb chunks).
My upload speed is next to useless so FileZilla was my first choice of uploading to my server (rapidgator) Whatever format l chose to upload, it said that it would take at least 70hrs to upload it. It was like watching paint dry, and then all of a sudden, the connection was lost and it started all over again!
Although l can contact this person, l have no idea of what system he has, but could find out if necessary.
So then l thought, what if he can look at a certain drive on my computer and then just drag and drop the files into his?
My first thought was Skydrive but this seems next to useless as it doesn't even start to upload anything whatsoever.
Usergroups? Don't even want to get into that scenario as it means changing my Windows settings.
All l need is a one off free program, easy to use, so he can access one of my drives, and drag the files over to his computer. When done, the program can then be removed and both our systems are back to normal.
Any suggestions?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2013   #2

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You should send it on a DVD or USB stick.

Your upload speed is the issue here. There's no difference in time needed in uploading it to any cloud service (SkyDrive, RapidGator etc.) or if your friend logs in to your PC with a remote connection. If your upload speed is 1 Mbps and his download speed is 100 Mbps, he could download it from your PC at max 1 Mbps speed because your end cannot send any faster. His fast connection is meaningless here.

Uploading 4 GB if you could keep the max speed all the time with different upload speeds:
  • 512 Kbps > almost 19 hours
  • 1 Mbps > over 9 hours
  • 5 Mbps > 2 hours
  • 10 Mbps > 1 hour

As you certainly know you cannot keep the max speed all the time so the more realistic estimate would be about 50% longer, at 1Mbps for instance something between 12 and 15 hours.

Your best shot is to send it on a DVD or a USB!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Feb 2013   #3

32bit Windows 7 Ultimate

Oh blow it!
Thanks for your very informative post Kari.
Made it a lot easier to understand.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Feb 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


You are welcome. Send it as a DVD .
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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