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Sending Big Files

Since this file was first written, there has been shift to simpler file-sharing utilities like Onedrive and Dropbox.   To use these, you need to establish an account and then upload your file by dragging and dropping it in the Dropbox or Onedrive folder.  From the web manager, you are then able to send a link to another user that will allow them to connect to the online repository and download the large file.

Groupwise (and most other e-mail programs) will not allow you to send large files (usually, over 10 megabytes) as an attachment to an e-mail.  However, several services are offered on the web which will allow users to receive and download a large file.

The way they work is quite simple: you click on "select file" or something similar and then browse to the file on your computer.  Then you enter the e-mail address of the person you are sending the file to.

We caution staff against using these services for confidential information, though the sites assure you that they do not retain the files or scan them in any way.  You can also protect files by encrypting them in Word, or zipping them (with 7zip, for example) with a password. 

ServiceComments free basic service.  Offers "enhanced" (faster, bigger) package for a fee. requires a user fee, though it offers a free trial.

Another alternative for CH staff is to use our own FTP server.  Here are instructions.  You simply need to download and install Filezilla to use it.  It is a little more complicated than the sites above, but can be more secure (contact IT if you need a secure service).









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