Managing a Full Quota

Quotas have been established for most of the shared file space because it is a shared resource. Please be mindful of the space you are using. If you receive errors when trying to save it is often because you have run out of quota. If you cannot delete files please contact ETS and we will temporarily increase your space to allow you to move things around. Otherwise, here are some ideas to reduce your disk space.

Find What is Using the Most Space

One of the best ways to evaluate your data usage is to visualize it with a graphical program. From your personal computer:

Clear your Web Browser Cache

One of the things that can take up a lot of disk space is your web browser cache. Often, your browser settings, including cache files, are stored on your U: drive. Bring up your browser preferences and put in 0 for cache space. Browsers will differ in how this is done. Contact ETS if you need help.

Compress your data

If you have many data files, compressing your data can save quite a bit of data.

For Windows:

  • Right click on the folder or file and Send To -> Compressed (zipped) folder.

For Linux and Mac

  • Open a terminal and navigate to the file or folder
  • Run the command to tar and compress the data by issuing the tar command with the cvzf options, naming the output file, and listing the contents, seperating each of the contents with white space.
    • tar -cvzf file_name.tar.gz files_to_compress…
      • Example: tar -cvzf notes.txt homework_folder/
  • To uncompress later:
    • tar -xzvf file_name.tar.gz

How do I increase my quota?

You can find the latest price estimates here, but please reach out to ETS for assistance.

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