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I'm on a Mac 10.8.1, my friend from other country on a Windows 7.

We are searching for easiest (and NoobProof) way for him to send me a 25GB file. Thanks.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync –  Eroen Sep 11 '12 at 22:33
Is there any way even remotely "NoobProof" to do this? I don't think so. –  Bart Silverstrim Sep 12 '12 at 11:58

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You can do this the old-fashioned way: Sneakernet. For large files, this method has the best bandwith available.

Have the other party mail you a USB drive or multiple DVDs. Probably the most "noob-proof" way I can think of (requires no extra software - unless you need to split the file)

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Your best best is probably if you two download uTorrent and you create a torrent of your file that you need to send. Share the torrent link with your friend (opening any necessary ports on your firewall) and transmit the file via torrent. This will allow pausing/stopping of the file transfer in case if you lose connectivity during the process.

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While it's likely no worse than any other method of direct network transfer, bittorrent increases complexity by requiring a tracker (or distributed similar service). The main benefits of the technology only show up in one-to-many broadcasts. –  Eroen Sep 11 '12 at 22:33

You can do this :

  • Uploading the file on a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Ubuntu One or Google Drive. The most difficult thing will be finding a cloud service to upload such a file (and getting 25 GB free too).
  • Asking the service for an URL to download it.
  • Send the URL to your friend who will download the file at this URL.

You can also split the file in several parts too. But I don't know any software which is able to split a file and reconstitute them.

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Software to split the file? Split. Built into OSX but it's command line, so you'd have to look for examples on Google but should work like "split -b2000m filename" to make a series of ~2 gig files. Use "cat" to rebuild the file. –  Bart Silverstrim Sep 11 '12 at 21:25
The receiver of the file would be the OP's windows using friend. I suggest copy /b part1+part2+part3... since copy will already be installed on the windows 7 host. –  Hennes Sep 11 '12 at 21:40
@Bart and Hennes : command line is not quite "NoobProof" as required by "user1327". That's why I dealt with a software which can do that. –  air-dex Sep 11 '12 at 22:15
You can script it or use automator to do the command line version. Really, the command I gave may not make sense, but it's short and not hard to type in. If you want it to be completely newb proof you end up doing it yourself. –  Bart Silverstrim Sep 12 '12 at 11:57
@air-dex The command line might not be 100% noob proof, but it is software which is guaranteed to be installed. You could make it easier by not just sending the files but also a reassemble.bat which does the copy /b thing. –  Hennes Feb 7 '13 at 17:51

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