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John Calvert
23-09-2011, 09:59 PM
I don't have, don't want and don't need a web site, but every now and then it would be useful to have a place to upload a file to and be able to offer an address (i.e. a link) for others to download from. I'm talking modest Word or Excel files of 1mb or less.

Generally I email files as an attachment, but sometimes people aren't willing to offer their email address or I may not know who is interested in the file - for instance in a newsletter.

So, is anyone offering a free place on the web to upload a file to for, say, a maximum of three months? Has to be "clean" - i.e. no hoops for the downloader to jump through; no registration, no spyware, etc. Advertising on the site is okay.

23-09-2011, 10:19 PM
Are you asking for a one-off service for three months, or an ongoing service with each file nuked after three months?

Do you want something just for you to upload, or are you looking for a public service where anyone can upload stuff?

Do filetype or size restrictions matter?

23-09-2011, 10:26 PM
MANY about, ones I use are Box (http://www.box.net/files#/files/0/f/0) - you have to create a free account, but it allows you to upload and send links to people, another is http://www.4shared.com/ again though, make a free account.

Theres also http://www.filehosting.org/ no account required, but does have a pop up that you close, you enter in your email, they send you the link, you then send that link to the people you want, they enter their email address and the download link is sent to them ( bit of mucking about) But to quote the FAQ:
Q: How long are files stored on filehosting.org
A:"The storage period depends on when a file was last downloaded. Files will stay at least 20 days after the last download."

23-09-2011, 10:32 PM
Hi John

For your purposes you can't beat DROPBOX (http://www.dropbox.com/downloading). It's free. :thumbs: It's mobile as well and the using the history function is great way to back up a file.


23-09-2011, 10:41 PM
+1 for dropbox, Opera also has an addon that will work similarly.

23-09-2011, 11:25 PM
You can also try skydrive.com ... 25GB free storage and Word / Excel / PowerPoint files have the option to be downloaded or just opened to view in a web browser which could be convenient if you're sending to people that don't have Office.

John Calvert
27-09-2011, 07:07 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.

Options which require the downloader to hand over personal info, even an email address, aren't going to be suitable. Sometimes the reason for uploading rather than emailing will be that the potential recipients are wary of handing out their email, and who can blame them? Others had terms of service that were too onerous and one which looked promising at first didn't even successfully upload a 250K file.

So, still looking. Never mind, it's only a "nice to have". My feeling is that it will have to be somewhere that relies on ad revenue. I don't mind that - it's the least intrusive and risky option.

27-09-2011, 08:19 PM


I use mediafire.com to hold perhaps 30 or so maps that I make publicly available via another forum.
They can be up to 200MB in size.
Here is a 1MB file for you to test the convenience.