Quota

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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 root@gustavus.edu and include a brief description of the academic project, including a timeline.

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Disk usage

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

  1. Point your web browser to the GTS (Gustavus Technology Services) Tools page.
  2. Log in with your Gustavus username and password.
  3. Click the "Check disk usage" link.

You will be presented with a double-paned page describing your quota information. Your e-mail information will be on the left and your home directory information on the right.

How will I know if I go over my limit?

If you reach your quota limit, you will receive notice via e-mail.

Avoiding problems

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

Your Sent or Out mailbox is where WebMail, Mozilla Thunderbird or Eudora might save all the e-mail messages that you send. Check these mailboxes and delete any unwanted 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 your MP3s—pirated music is not academic.
  • Remove the installers for IRC, Napster, AOL and other similar programs.
  • 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 Dan/Ethan.

Contact us

Please contact the Technology Helpline at 507-933-6111, stop by the Technology Services department in Olin Hall or complete our contact form.