A quota is the amount of disk space allotted for each user's network file storage space, home directory, or e-mail. At Gustavus we have a separate system for e-mail and home directories. Typically student accounts are limited to 1 GB for home directories, and 500 MB for e-mail. For faculty and staff, 10GB for e-mail and 2GB for their home directory. It is possible to go over this limit to a certain point in regards to your email. Once you approach your quota, it will tell you that you have filled the disk in an error message.
Additional space is available for users who have specific academic needs. Requests for additional space should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a brief description of the academic project, including a timeline.
Gustavus provides unlimited cloud storage via Gustavus Google Drive.
- 1 Disk usage
- 2 Checking disk usage
- 3 One time addition to your home directory quota
- 4 How will I know if I go over my limit?
- 5 Avoiding problems
- 6 Contact us
- 7 See also
Your disk usage is the actual amount of space you are using on the server. This total includes all the files in your Mydata folder and it also includes information about your account and your log-in information for the lab machines. Your e-mail quota includes the space used by your inbox, outbox and other mailboxes.
Checking disk usage
- Point your web browser to the GTS (Gustavus Technology Services) Tools page.
- Log in with your Gustavus username and password.
- Under Your Account (left side), click on "Check disk usage".
You will be presented with a double-pane page describing your quota information. Your e-mail information will be on the left and your home directory information on the right.
One time addition to your home directory quota
Users with academic needs for additional home directory space are allowed to increase their home directory storage themselves one time. This option is available on the GTS (Gustavus Technology Services) Tools page when you are viewing your disk usage. Click "To request an increase please submit this form". You will be asked to submit a reason for the increase.
How will I know if I go over my limit?
If you reach your quota limit, you will receive notice via e-mail.
The following are suggestions for freeing up space in your account:
Keep your inbox small
If your incoming mailbox uses a lot of space, please remove any messages that you do not need. You can also try sorting your inbox by message size and removing the largest ones.
After removing messages, be sure to empty the trash and compact your mailboxes. These options can be found under the file menu in Mozilla Thunderbird, the special menu in Eudora or the Empty Trash icon when using Webmail.
Remove unused attachments
In your home directory's MyData folder, there are two Eudora folders: Eudora and Eudora.mac. Each of these folders has a folder for attachments called "attach" or "attachment folder". Delete any files in the attachment folders that you do not need.
Eudora automatically saves attachments to these folders, but does not delete the attachments when you delete the messages. After removing the unwanted files, be sure to empty the Recycle Bin or Trash.
Removed unwanted sent messages
You can check the sent or out boxes by double-clicking the sent or out boxes or selecting them from the mailboxes menu. After removing unwanted messages, empty the trash and compact your mailboxes - found under the special menu in Eudora; the file menu in Mozilla Thunderbird; or by clicking the Empty Trash link in WebMail.
Empty the trash
Your Trash mailbox houses all of your deleted messages. You should regularly empty the trash mailbox and compact all your mailboxes. These options are found under the special menu in Eudora; the file menu in Mozilla Thunderbird; or by clicking the Empty Trash icon in WebMail.
Other things to check
- Remove unneeded items from the desktop and the Downloads folder in your home directory.
- Remove setup files (.exe) for easily downloadable files.
- If there is a large file called 2eds_store causing problems, it can be resolved by logging into a mac lab computer and emptying the trash, or it can be deleted by Core Services.
- Consider moving items to your Gustavus Google Drive. Google Drive provides unlimited storage, especially helpful for storage of large video files.