05 July, 2015

by on 05 July, 2015 24 comments

Why You Must Use This Trick To Download Large Files

If you can't resume the failed download, that is irritating. Download may fail due to network error or sometime unkown error. If the file you are downloading, is of large size, its waste of precious bandwidth and your time.

This happens to everyone and there WAS no better solution for this.


Even if you are using a special software like the Internet download manager, they also fail many times.

I wasted about 10 GB bandwidth trying to download Windows 10 Technical preview which failed at about 2 GB and for more than 5 times. Every time the FDM shown error 'file in service has changed'.

But there is a perfect and sure workaround. Your downloading will never fail halfway due to any reason like Internet disconnection, power down, not having resume support or anything like that.

The trick is simple.


We will download or save the large web file direct to cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Then the Dropbox desktop client will sync the file and download it to your hard drive.

It will not need any resume support and file will download byte by byte so no waste of bandwidth at all. Dropbox will take care of not corrupting the file.

 It may take little extra time than the dedicated Internet download manager software but its worth as you have sure way and you will never loose the download in between.

  • Get the URL of the file. 
  • Get the real URL of final downloadable file. Not the forwarding URL. 
  • Eg. In case of downloading Windows 10 ISO, if you directly copy the URL from Microsoft website to download the ISO, it's something like this http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=522144 but the real ISO is located at http://iso.esd.microsoft.com/W10IP/4B33E0680A465FBA52C09A34454D5EB6/Windows10_InsiderPreview_x32_EN-US_10162.iso
  • To get the real URL, just try to download the file with Google Chrome. Once the download is started, cancel it and go to the download tab and then copy the real URL of the file.
  • Now you have grabbed the downloading url of the file you want to download without fail.
  • Go to Thoaimedia and paste the URL in the 'file url' box.
  • Give name as you want.
  • Select the cloud service you wish to save the file to. I used Dropbox.  You have to allow Thoaimedia and give access permissions.
  • Select folder where you want to save the file.
  • After a minute or two, the file will be saved to your cloud account. You can check if the process is completed from the web account.
Note that sometimes, you may get 'Time Out' error from Thoaimedia website. But wait for 5 minutes and check on your cloud service from website. Not from the desktop client. You may have the file saved there.
  • The desktop client will start to sync and download the file.
Why use Dropbox instead of Google Drive or OneDrive?
  • Sync is faster and robust. Works fine even with slow Internet connections. Google Drive shows 'unable to connect' error on slow connection. (Personal Experience)

  • Dropbox gives you correct information about how much file is downloaded and how much time is remaining to complete the sync process. 
  • There is no way to know such information in Google Drive and OneDrive.

If you get some problem with Dropbox to save file from Thoaimedia, you can first download the file to Google Drive and then transfer it to Dropbox by using Mover.io .

I tried it and now using if for downloading any file larger than 500 MB to be sure, that I will never loose the downloaded file halfway.

Do you have any other sure shot way to download larger files? Please share.

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  1. thank you sir , it helped me a lot :)

  2. what a load of shit = drop box downloads are abysmally slow

    1. if you don't like dropbox, you can use any other cloud service. Function is the same.

  3. Replies
    1. There is no way to do that as the file is saved directly from file host to your cloud storage account.

  4. I tried downloading a 3.2gb file with Dropbox but after four hours and downloading almost half the file, it stopped syncing and I had to resume the download afresh. Let us see if it succeeds now.

    1. instead of fresh download, you should restart the Dropbox app.

  5. i dont know why but the 2gb file isnt showing 2gb but 600+kb in my file dropbox.

    1. it will take time to download the large sized file. See in the dropbox web.
      IF still not working, try again by deleting the old file.

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  7. Thank you sir, It helped me a lot. I have one software on dropbox of 1.2 GB.I could not do direct download, It downloads halfway then faild.

    But as I syncd dropbox,it worked fantastically for me. Thank you very much for your wondrful article.Thanks

    1. Happy that the trick helped you. Thanks for the complements.

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    1. Even though, it shows timed out error. Check your cloud storage after some time. The file goes there without any problem. I had the same experience.

  9. Thank you sir! Does videos work? I followed the instructions you provided above, but I couldn't play them after I downloaded from Dropbox to my hard drive. Am I doing something wrong? Thank you

    1. I think, the method to download any file do not edit anything with the file properties. If you can play the file online, it should play after download also.

  10. want to download a 18.2GB file with daily 1GB data limit of internet connection... any solution?

  11. sir,what i do when i downloading the files in windows app .i mean how to find its url ? and how to fix downloaded file in that app?

    1. Dear Kunal, I do not understand your question. What is mean by Windows APP? Do you mean that, Dropbox Windows client? If you want to download the file stored in your Dropbox account, you can go to the web Dropbox and get the shared or public URL of particular file.

  12. Sir downloading when I stop downloading and it started another day then this trick work ?

    1. As long as you are using Dropbox, it saves the parts you have downloaded and continue downloading the remaining part even if you restarts your PC. So its safe.