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How do I transfer large files?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by -gunut-, May 9, 2007.

  1. I made a movie on a Mac computer that I would like to put on my PC. I go file>share and put it at the best quality (because the next quality option down sucks) but the thing turns out to be 7+ GB. How do a transfer this file to my PC? I tried to zip the file but that only saved me 1GB. Thanks for the help guys!
     
  2. chbix

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    unless you can burn a double layer dvd which i think holds 8 + GB, i would say your best bet is to network the two computers together and transfer it that way. The other way would be if you had an external harddrive for storage that the 2 could share? I think you can get a thumb drive at like 10gb now as well. those are really the only ideas i have.
     


  3. ElevenO

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    Is a "thumb drive" just another name for a flash drive?
     
  4. kimigirl

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    Thumb drive and flash drive generally refer to the same device. They have been getting bigger and bigger for cheaper and cheaper. I am not as familiar with Mac as I am with Windows and Linux but I know with Windows, you can connect the two computers using a cross-through cable and transfer the file that way. You could also use an external hard drive.
     
  5. ElevenO

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    It's becoming clearer and clearer to me that newegg.com and my credit card are both about to have a fleeting romance with each other. :upeyes: :shocked: :headscratch: :shakehead: :worried: :psycho:
     
  6. David_G17

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  7. chbix

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    the crossover cable will work, a very simple way to connect to computers with out getting into routers and switches. and with the new OS's it shouldnt be super difficult to set up (the windows machine will be harder :) )
     
  8. Well the issue is that the Mac is at my college and my other computer is a desktop that I have at my house. Is there any way to transfer the files online?
     
  9. David_G17

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    The easiest way may be to set up a torrent, but i'm not sure how secure that would be (i.e. others may be able to download it).

    I've accomplished something similar by setting up Apache (a free web server) on the host with the file, and then entering the URL into a web browser, and just downloading the file. But I think this may be much more complex than what you need.

    if they were linux computers, you could use scp (secure copy).
     
  10. malkore

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    That or get some hosted FTP space. but 7Gb will take hours to transfer, each direction, and is more than a few $ to get setup and paid for, plus you'll likely h ave to buy a full year not just a single transfer.

    another option is to make a spanned .zip file, so you can have two 3.5gb zips. and put each one on its own DVD-R/W disc (assuming you can burn DVD's at the college).

    otherwise you'll need to purchase an external USB/firewire harddrive, and copy it to that. Should only set you back less than $100 depending on brand and capacity.
     
  11. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Sorry, misread the question. See solution below.
     
  12. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    http://www.sendthisfile.com/




    ETA: Since you're at a .edu, check with your computing dept. They probably have free ftp servers for students with all the space you need. ;)
     
  13. prism

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    what do you have available?

    high speed connections for both locations?


    cd burners? dvd burners? dvd readers? on one, on both?



    back in 90's, people would use "file splittrs" to cut large files into chunks that would fit on floppies (or CDs). the large file chunks would be moved, then rejoined.


    do a search for file splitter
     
  14. MikeG22

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    Winrar is good with breaking files up to. Also, USB flash drives can be had in 16gig size now for 143 bucks. (I just bought one last week, woot!!)
     
  15. NetNinja

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    What! Macs are easy! I can't wait for the cutsey Mac commercial to transfer large files! Mac's come with everything!

    :rofl:
     
  16. EAJuggalo

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    +1 sendthisfile.com or maybe transfer it through an IM program while still at school and have that person transfer back to you once you get home.
     
  17. Bitt-Torrent is the best way to get backdoor Trojan horses, viri and the like.

    Perhaps getting the featured drive of the week, a 320Gb external USB hard drive from Iomega for around $150.00. Maybe that would serve your needs better?

    http://www.iomega.com/direct/main/h...SORTMENT<>ast_id=26890319&bmUID=1179340472489

    Or refurbished 160Gb for around $100.00.

    http://www.iomega.com/direct/outlet...SORTMENT<>ast_id=26890319&bmUID=1179340695065
     
  18. Patrick Graham

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    I'd be careful if I were you.. my credit card and newegg ended up getting married after a few dates like that.. not a pretty sight.. :badpc: