I need to share binary files larger than 5MB, what can I do?
If you need to share binary files which are larger than 5MB-5.5MB size as email attachments, there are several possible options:
- One of the simpler alternatives to attach a large file to an email would be, to upload the file to your account and then email a link to the file.
- Rather than using a standard HTTP link you can create a FTP account especially for the purpose of sharing large files and provide, either login details or an easy to use FTP link. This option is ideal for those looking to receive larger incoming files instead of or in addition to providing large files on an outgoing basis.
- Another option for files larger than 5MB outbound files, if your ISP supports larger than 5MB attachments, would be to setup an email account in Outlook Express or a similar POP3 email client using our POP3 server and your ISP's SMTP server.
- While as a general rule the size of binary files wont decrease that much, when compressed. If the file is only a little larger than 5-5.5MB, one can try compressing the file using a compression/archiving utility such as WinZip, StuffIt, PKZip, etc. If the file size can be reduced enough via compression it can be attached to an email.
- If the use of email to share files is a must in some cases one can use Outlook Express and other POP3 email clients to "break up" and send larger than 5MB messages via smaller than 5MB separate emails which can be recombined by the recipient's email client. Note that some ISPs will not accept email with such 'message/partial' MIME type attachments which makes this option limited.