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    Mega is starting to corrupt archives, just like MediaFire... There's no Gold standard. Pick whatever you want, and if the "link-life" concerns you, you might consider sticking to private shares.
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    Mega requires you to register with a valid email address, so you are traceable. That may not bother americans who the FBI is pledged to protect, but in the UK they are prepared to extradite at the drop of a hat.

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    Never heard of problems with Mega corrupting archives.

    Sign up, with a valid email. Make a fake one if you're that bothered - it takes ten seconds, building up the total time necessary to register to half a minute and that includes ten seconds scratching your butt.

    You are traceable *anyway* by IP address. You're not at all traceable by your email address. All they know is that [Hidden link. Register to see links.] uploaded some files. They could go to the bollocks.com system admin and discover that Mickey Mouse IP address 1.2.3.4 signed up for that account... or they could just look on their server logs and see your IP address anyway.

    In any case, nobody has ever been prosecuted for uploading to a filelocker, and if anybody was it would be prolific movie uploaders, chart music uploaders, etc... not small fry losers like us putting up a few albums nobody's ever heard of...

    Perspective, gentlemen; perspective...

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    I've had it happen on quite a few archives which unpacked fine on my PC, in order to verify if it was just my connection screwing up, I've later tried to upload such archives on the likes of 2Shared... Downloaded archives from there were fine. There's a issue on MEGA's end.

    All I can really suggest is to not stick to a single file-host, when uploading: learn to switch and spread around the goodies. MEGAUPLOAD's fate and MediaFire's deletion/suspension rampage can hit any file-host... and nullify just as swiftly all your "efforts".

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    Having issues with filewinds.com. As of this writing, the domain is down, and for over 24hrs. I'm new to this host, so unfamiliar with reliability or IP blockage issues.

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    Thanks for the info everyone.
    I agree that there is no such thing as a gold standard in file hosts these days. Seems like even the best of them right now have issues for some and I also suggest that everyone should use multiple file hosts.

    Regarding the issue of registering for free accounts and supplying bogus info, you need look no further that right [Hidden link. Register to see links.] and [Hidden link. Register to see links.] for that.
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    Filewinds has turned to bollocks... the inevitable fate of Peeje that was predicted after MegaUpload expired; they got massively popular very quickly, and then they decided to cash in. Can't blame 'em, really - but it's still a shame. When Peeje was good, it was [u]GREAT[/i]... which, granted, wasn't often!

    As for Mega... I've uploaded and downloaded prolifically on a daily basis since they opened and have never once encountered a problem of any kind. Uploads are encrypted and verified... so the only way something could've been corrupted is if a) the uploader actually uploaded something corrupted, b) something went wrong when they uploaded, or b) something went wrong when your browser decrypted the archive. In both cases I would be inclined to suspect RAM issues off the bat, since the encryption/decryption process is undertaken by your browser in memory prior to beginning the upload. Everyone likes to blame the host... but there is usually some other explanation.

    I think if there were an actual inherent problem with Mega, it would have been a) splattered all over the internet, and b) resolved hastily.

    MEGAUPLOAD's fate and MediaFire's deletion/suspension rampage can hit any file-host...
    Mega can't scan inside your archives even if they wanted to. It is physically impossible to know anything about a file aside from how much storage space it occupies, without the decryption key.

    All I can really suggest is to not stick to a single file-host, when uploading: learn to switch and spread around the goodies.
    Ain't that the truth... sad, but true.

    We've all done OK in the last 18 months since MegaUpload cacked it. Yeah, it's been a different-host-every-six-weeks scenario, and yeah, we've done a lot more re-uploading than previously... but basically, we're still sharing and stuff is still available.

    I worry about people who say things like "the walls are closing in" / "our options are limited" / "there's nowhere to upload anymore" because these statements are clearly and unequivocally nonsense. The climate has changed... but we have more options than ever and I still say that Mega is ten times better than Megaupload ever was, even at its peak.

    By the way, I don't work for Kim Dotcom or anything - but I'm seriously happy with that site. It just works. I haven't had to reupload anything since JANUARY. I haven't had any (sensible) complaints about speed / availability / other problems. I've just had files uploaded incredibly fast and people downloading them incredibly fast too.

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    Uload.to is gone:

    "The uload.to service is discontinued..."
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    I can rule out issues with RAM, tangotreats. As I've said: the archives on my end, not yet uploaded, were fine. They extracted successfully. Also, I've uploaded and later downloaded the same archives on a different file-hosting service, without receiving errors when unpacking them. Have I been an isolated case? Good, but still MEGA had screwed up somewhere.

    These things happen, eh. MediaFire's corrupting-archives-issue also started, apparently, without any cause on the "user-side" and no updates to its 'Uploader'. The website suddenly corrupted archives, "forcing" you to add recovery-information.

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    Mega can't scan inside your archives even if they wanted to. It is physically impossible to know anything about a file aside from how much storage space it occupies, without the decryption key.
    I've heard such kind of claims already from other websites, in the past, stating they used a kind of encryption which made it impossible for the websites' owners (or an "external") to scan the archives' content... Files still got nuked within minutes off the finished uploads.

    Don't believe every crap you read. They can always stick their nose in, even if they tell you otherwise.
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    Some hosters take a fake email address, like Depositfiles.

    Others like Mega need a true email, as they send an email that you need to respond to...

    I've just registered for Mega using a "Hide My Ass!" email address. Not totally untraceable, but perhaps the next best thing.

    Yesterday they had an article on the News that people obsessed with anonymity are often paedophiles. I hope not everyone makes that kind of tabloid connection.

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    I don't believe anything I read; I believe what I know to be true without factoring in paranoia and/or a lack of technical comprehension. I reach logical conclusions by evaluating facts.

    What you upload to Mega is encrypted. Without the decryption key it is NOT POSSIBLE to understand the contents of the file.

    If you upload something to a forum (say, here) and provide the decryption key (which is necessary if you want people to be able to make hear nor tail of what you uploaded) then there's nothing to stop somebody from reporting your upload, leading to it being taken down.

    My point was that Mega won't delete what you upload unless somebody complains about it (because they don't know or care what it actually is, until a rightsholder finds your link and decryption key) - but Mediafire can and will and do delete your uploads ON SIGHT for no reason other than the name of the archive and/or the names of the files inside the archive. They severely prohibit downloads of encrypted archives precisely because they don't know what's in them and they assume that it must be something bad. They prohibit downloads of split archives because split archives are usually combined to reassemble Bluray rips or games or whatever.

    If you upload something to Mega - NO MATTER WHAT IT IS - and your files don't get DMCA'd or otherwise attract the attention of some law enforcement agency... right now, there's no reason whatsoever to assume that those files won't remain available in perpetuity. 100% of the files I have uploaded to Mega (shared here and other places) are still up and available - some of them after seven months. Show me another host that does that and offers reliability and speed to free users.

    As for your technical issues; I repeat, RAM problems, my friend! The archives are fine at your end, your browser transfers them entirely into RAM and encrypts them (messing them up) and then uploads them to Mega. At the other end, the encrypted file is downloaded by your browser (again entirely into RAM) and decrypted, then transferred to wherever you send your downloads. Either that or some other problem at your end. Lesson one of statistics: If a service has 3,000,000 users and 2,999,950 of them use the service quite happily without a hint of trouble, and 50 of them experience problems, it's not the service at fault, it's a local issue related to the users in question, or the users themselves.

    As for this email address business, I repeat: Knowing your email address doesn't help anybody - knowing your IP address does make you traceable and the already have that because you visited their site. Going to a site and worrying about joining it on the grounds that they will trace you from your email address exhibits a painful failure of logic. If Mr Spock were here he'd be having a coronary.
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    If you upload something to Mega - NO MATTER WHAT IT IS - and your files don't get DMCA'd or otherwise attract the attention of some law enforcement agency... right now, there's no reason whatsoever to assume that those files won't remain available in perpetuity.
    Only a few days ago I encountered the first link to MEGA where the file had indeed been removed (EVIL DEAD by Roque Banos), so they're not untouchable.

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    If I may add, MEGA has more location restrictions in their tails.

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    New problem downloading from MEGA for me the past few days: Downloads always stop after a few %, and always at the same position. Restarting downloads makes no difference.

    ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by wimpel69 View Post
    Only a few days ago I encountered the first link to MEGA where the file had indeed been removed (EVIL DEAD by Roque Banos), so they're not untouchable.
    Well, indeed - as I said, obviously links will still go down if they are explicitly DMCA'd or removed by the uploader... but my original point stands; they don't (can't) scan the contents of archives, nor do they restrict particular types of archive, nor do they block access to files arbitrarily based on file names / hash matches. If you don't delete it, and it doesn't get DMCA'd, it's there forever.

    New problem downloading from MEGA for me the past few days: Downloads always stop after a few %, and always at the same position. Restarting downloads makes no difference.
    Curious... no problem here and have been uploading and downloading all day... is it happening with specific files or just pretty much everything you try to download?

    If I may add, MEGA has more location restrictions in their tails.
    As in, they prohibit access from certain countries? Would you be able to point to some documentation on this? If true, disturbing and annoying news...

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    When it comes to DOWNLOADING I've been sticking with the debrid sites.

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    Mega added a new security extension on Sunday from Google Chrome, that gave me a problem with uploading and even downloading my own files until I found the link and info on Mega's Facebook page.

    No problems at all since then and no deleted files since I started in March, then again I publish practically nothing openly on this site.

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    With Chrome 28.0 the download works fine. Firefox is stalling one me, despite plugin.

    Now I've almost completely exhausted my 50GB limits at both ends. Have to find out soon whether a second account with the same IP will give me another 50GB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wimpel69 View Post
    Now I've almost completely exhausted my 50GB limits at both ends. Have to find out soon whether a second account with the same IP will give me another 50GB.
    Yes, I'd be interested to hear if that is possible.

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    That's where Mega's creator lives. He can do whatever he wants, just like this bloke - [Hidden link. Register to see links.]
    No longer re-uploading old dead links usually (few exceptions).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wimpel69 View Post
    With Chrome 28.0 the download works fine. Firefox is stalling one me, despite plugin.

    Now I've almost completely exhausted my 50GB limits at both ends. Have to find out soon whether a second account with the same IP will give me another 50GB.
    wimpel, you wondered if it is possible to get another Mega account once you had used up your 50 Gb limit.

    I just did it. You have to use a different email address and account name. As I use proxy email addresses from hidemyass.com there may be no limitation to the number of accounts at Mega.

    I used bishtyboshty and kantankerous as my first 2 account names (they might have been cunning enough to spot it if I'd used bishtyboshty2).

    There is obviously no IP-related limit.

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    Is it just me or can't you get on Mega now? I can only see the cogwheel and that it's loading but it shows no progress or whatever on the loading

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    I just downloaded a file fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bishtyboshty View Post
    I just downloaded a file fine.
    Thanks for the reply.. very strange, I went to sleep when I wrote that and now I still have the problem

    Edit: I opened a different browser and now it worked on that one, very wierd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightdevil View Post
    Thanks for the reply.. very strange, I went to sleep when I wrote that and now I still have the problem

    Edit: I opened a different browser and now it worked on that one, very wierd.
    I have the same problem. All of a sudden Mega links doesn't work on my Chrome. I have to use IE. It all started after flash without asking permission decided to update the file pepflashplayer.dll

    I get as far as having accepted the legal terms and such, clicking download and getting an error message telling me my disc is full. I pause the download and start it again and the counter begins but always stalls after a while. However, trying the link in IronPortable works nice which is weird considering it's built on the same engine as Chrome
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