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online storageIt seems it’s the age old enigma as far as computers and the Internet goes: How can I send (or store) a large file?  Many services have limitations set up.  For instance, many email providers won’t allow file attachments larger than 10 MB.  These days that’s not much, is it?  Many services allow larger file sizes and capacities… for a price.

Well, here at MakeUseOf we are more interested in service that are FREE.  Other MakeUseOf writers have written 4 Easy Tools for Sharing Large Files Over the Internet 4 Easy Tools for Sharing Large Files Over the Internet Read More some 3 Simple Ways to Send Big Files Over the Internet 3 Simple Ways to Send Big Files Over the Internet Read More articles DropBox: Review, Invites, and 7 Questions With the Founder DropBox: Review, Invites, and 7 Questions With the Founder Read More that can help. Let me share with you a free solution that includes file sharing AND storing: GoAruna.  GoAruna has several benefits, two of which are unlimited, free web storage space (the size limit for each file appears to be 100MB) and ease of use.  In this post, I would like to share some of the capabilities of this site and how they may be helpful.

File Storage

As I mentioned earlier, GoAruna sports a handy UNLIMITED total file storage limit!  This is cool because you can save as many files as you like!  There is a downside.  As far as I can tell by searching through the feedback forums is that the size limit for individual files is 100 MB.  I hate limitations!  But it’s a LOT better than the 10 MB limit email puts on us, right?

Personal Drop Box

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GoAruna also has this nifty feature that allows you to set up a drop box where others can come by and upload a file to you.  Tight!  Someone else have a file that you need?  Have them send it to your personal space without having to offer them access to everything.  Many possibilities here, right?  Can help in a pinch!

Send Files (even securely)

There are two ways to send files: choose a file you’ve already uploaded…

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free web storage space

…OR send a file quickly from the front page without signing up for an account.

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When you send a file, you are actually emailing a link to someone to click and download the file.  Here’s an example of the email they will receive:

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If I were you, I’d give them a heads up just so they know what you’ve sent them.  People get suspicious when strange links to unknown files end up in their email!

Now that you know a bit about what GoAruna has to offer, let’s take a run through to see just how easy it really is to use!   Once you sign up and sign in, click “upload file”

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The next step will become obvious when the “upload file” window pops up — click “browse” to choose your file.

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The next step is waiting… with patience.  Depending on the file’s size, this could take time.

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And that’s about all it takes!  Very easy to do!  See, you don’t REALLY have to be a geek to send large files!  You can pretend to be and tell the receiver of your files how difficult it was and that you wouldn’t recommend them trying it.  That wouldn’t be honest though, would it?

What do you think of GoAruna?  What other ways do you have for storing and sharing large files on the Internet?  We’d be grateful to learn!

  1. willemijns
    November 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    lot of them loves "unlimited" word as you see... ask the answer to the support

    • Tim
      December 1, 2009 at 1:11 am

      This IS a good question for support staff. As far as I can tell, total storage space is unlimited however the file size is limited.

  2. galesl
    November 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I was wondering if "unlimited" meant space or time or both, and I find this in the (very short) Help link:

    Storage - Here you can upload files to store for good. You can store files here up to your storage limit. You can create folders, organize files, share file etc.

    To me, this sounds like time is unlimited but space is limited. Which contrasts the front page, which says space is unlimited, but nothing about time.

    Can anyone clear this up?

  3. pthesis
    November 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Unlimited storage and 100MB file size are both very respectable. The only thing lacking I can think of is desktop integration like you can get with Windows Live SkyDrive or DropBox.

    • willemijns
      November 23, 2009 at 3:26 am

      do you want all for free ? ;) ;) ;)

  4. trey ben
    November 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Mediafire.com wanna-be? there can be only one!

  5. willemijns
    November 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Hi tim,

    you right ;)

  6. willemijns
    November 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

    http://www.willemijns.com/backup.htm

    1) unlimited ok but without backup i suppose
    2) files are public i think (can not confirm)
    3) what is the business plan of a 100% free service ? only ads ? humm... enough sufficient ????

    • Tim
      November 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm

      It seems files are only "public" when you change the "share" setting. When you are in your personal storage area (or your inbox), click on the "share" link to choose to share the file. You then have the option to unshare it again. Does that answer number 2?

  7. plsburydoughboy
    November 22, 2009 at 7:41 am

    wanted to bring up I tested this around and chrome does not trust this site, at least mine didn't. I went to the page & redownloaded anyway.

    • Tim
      November 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

      Hmm, I haven't had any problems using this with Chrome. Maybe you have some security settings set differently than I do?

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