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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a 55GB file that i want to upload to a server where i can give people the link and then them be able to download it. My budget is around £15/$20 a month. I would prefer a 1Gbps port but 100Mbps is fine. I'd imagine i will be using about 10TB of transfer a month maybe less so either a unmetered or high bandwidth connection is best. What would be the best way for me to do this? Would it be just storing it on a service such as Google drive and paying for a bigger drive space? I plan to upload other large files in the future so 200GB+ of space will be required sooner rather than later. Or would the other best way to be to buy a cheap dedicated server or vps? Any recommendations and thanks for your help.

 

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You could always check out AWS and see what their prices would be like.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, Theguywhobea said:

You could always check out AWS and see what their prices would be like.

The storage is cheap but its the transfer that costs.

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6 minutes ago, Theguywhobea said:

You could always check out AWS and see what their prices would be like.

Way way way too much with AWS. Your looking at $500+/month for that kind of bandwidth. 

 

There is a useful calculator on this page:

https://backblaze.com/b2/cloud-storage-pricing.html

 

10TB of data transfer is not a small amount, so even most 'unlimited bandwidth' hosts are going to have issues or some small print in the TOS that will flag the server.

 

Look for a cloud hosting provider that offers the smallest per gb bandwidth cost.

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, jmack said:

Way way way too much with AWS. Your looking at $500+/month for that kind of bandwidth. 

 

There is a useful calculator on this page:

https://backblaze.com/b2/cloud-storage-pricing.html

 

10TB of data transfer is not a small amount, so even most 'unlimited bandwidth' hosts are going to have issues or some small print in the TOS that will flag the server.

 

Look for a cloud hosting provider that offers the smallest per gb bandwidth cost.

 

 

Yeah it is very expensive. What would be considered a small amount, i could always try a smaller amount such as what, 3TB? I really don't know how much will be downloaded but just wanted to go with like 10TB to cover my self.

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Google Drive has good speeds and cost $20/year (USD) for 100GB of storage.


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On 1/10/2018 at 12:00 PM, Jamiec1130 said:

Google Drive has good speeds and cost $20/year (USD) for 100GB of storage.

I would be in favor of this, but there seems to be an undisclosed limit bandwidth for google drive. I've seen files flagged before and have the "24 hour" limit reached notification.

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16856102/google-drive-limit-number-of-download

 

They also disabled the "host" link option to bypass the limit.

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It looks like that this limitation can be avoided if you use the following URL pattern:

https://googledrive.com/host/file-id

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2015/08/deprecating-web-hosting-support-in.html?visit_id=1-636514098874874324-2565236236&hl=en&rd=1

 

 

I found these guys https://bhost.net/

10TB is a lot of bandwidth, YMMV but the terms and conditions don't say anything about "excessive use" or file hosting (.

Who knows? Just a shot in the dark.

 

*I have no affiliation with bhost.net and those aren't referral links.

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Could you not look into a seedbox and host the file on there for people to download as a torrent? Or a lot of seedboxes come with some sort of ftp server build in so people could download it from the ftp?

 

a lot of seedboxes have "unlimited" bandwidth and a high speed connection to the internet, and come with around 500GB to start with. they are around the £10 per month price range depending on what offers you can find.

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