Managing your Home Directory Usage

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You may have received an email that the storage space used by your home directory (H: drive) has exceeded the soft limit and is nearing the hard limit. If the hard limit is reached, additional files cannot be added or modified. 

You can check your current usage, space limits, and list directories by size using Storage Tools.

Check Current Usage and Space Limit

  1. Browse to Storage Tools, then log in with your Michigan Tech account name and password. 
    Storage Tools Login
  2. Select Check My Data Usage Quota.
    Check My Data Usage Quota
     
  3. Select Run Command.
    Check my data usage quota
     
  4. You will see Please Wait while the tool is executing the command. The number of files within your home directory will directly affect how long it takes to display the results. If you receive a message that the system is busy, wait a few minutes, then try again. 

    You will then see the list of your current usage and space limits.
    • Disk Used: This is the current usage of your home directory (ex. 6.5GB).
    • Hard Disk Limit: This is your space limit. If you reach your space limit or higher, additional files cannot be added or modified (ex. 7.0GB).
    • Soft Disk Limit: You will need to stay under your Soft Disk Limit to stop the notifications (ex. 5.0GB).
      Disk Usage and Limits

List Home Directory Sizes

  1. Browse to Storage Tools, then log in with your Michigan Tech account name and password. 
    Storage Tools Login
  2. Select List Directories By Size.
    List directories by size
     
  3. Select Run Command
    Run command
     
  4. You will see Please Wait while the tool is executing the command. The number of files within your home directory will directly affect how long it takes to display the results. If you receive a message that the system is busy, wait a few minutes, then try again. 

    You will then see the list of directories, or folders, within your home directory in order of size. This will help you focus your efforts in reducing space usage.The top line lists your current usage and the path to the top level of your home directory (H: drive).
    • 9.2G /mnt/mtu_homes_netapp uses 9.2 GB and is the top level of your H: drive. 
    • 3.0G /mnt/mtu_homes_netapp/username/Documents is H:\Documents.
    • 1.9G /mnt/mtu_homes_netapp/username/Documents/Classnotes is H:\Documents\Classnotes.
    • 1.8G /mnt/mtu_homes_netapp/username/Movies is H:\Movies.
    • Recommended: Focus on archiving or deleting files not needed in H:\Documents\Classnotes or H:\Movies as these are taking up the most space.
      List of directories by size - 9.2G /mnt/mtu_homes_netapp, 3.0G /mnt/mtu_homes_netapp/username/Documents

Tips for Reducing Space Usage

  1. Focus your efforts on the directories that are taking up the most space.
  2. Remove files or folders that you recognize, such as those located in H:\Documents. There are certain directories, such as Library or Application Data, that may contain system settings you need for programs to function properly. Be cautious when removing any files from those locations manually.
  3. Check your Downloads for any files or folders you no longer need.
  4. Clear out your browser cache and other application data/cache, if applicable, using the application's tool. 
  5. Upload files or folders to Google Drive, which has unlimited space, save files to a personal external storage device, or save files to an appropriate M: drive share to which you have access.
  6. Empty your recycle bin (Windows) or trash (Mac or Linux) once you have deleted unneeded files and before logging off a campus computer. 
  7. Check your current usage again after removing files and emptying your recycle bin or trash. 
  8. If you need assistance reducing space usage or to request a limit increase, please contact Michigan Tech IT at it-help@mtu.edu or 906-487-1111.
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Article ID: 53543
Created
Wed 5/9/18 11:07 AM
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