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How can I check the size of my file space quota?

Screenshot of the quota screen

All users are allocated a 50GB quota of space on the file store for saving personal files. To check how much of your file space quota you're using:

  • go to the ITS quota page (link opens in new tab)
  • login with your IT username and password
  • you will then see details of your current quota usage displayed

In addition to this file space on Sussex systems, staff and students each have 1TB of storage space on Microsoft OneDrive

You can also use the manual method to check your quota directly on the Sussex Linux server:

Windows 7 PC

Launch the Xterm application by clicking on the WINDOWS (start) button, typing xterm in the search box and hitting Enter. Click on the XTerm icon revealed in the results.

This will open a white window with a cursor flashing next to the prompt.Type the following text and hit Enter:

quota -sv

Mac OS X

Open the Terminal application (located in the Utilities folder if not already in the Dock) and at the prompt type the following text and hit Enter:

ssh yourusername@unix

Type yes and hit Enter if asked Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?, then enter your password when prompted and hit Enter again. Type the following text at the prompt and hit Enter:

quota -sv


Launch the Terminal then type the following text at the prompt and hit Enter:

quota -sv

On all three systems the disk quota information will then be displayed in the same manner. The first number below the heading blocks is the amount of space you are currently using (in megabytes) and the second below the heading quota is the total amount of space available to you (in megabytes).

The figure 10240M means 10,240MB which is equivalent to the 10GB available to you in total.

NB: If you are over quota the first number will have an asterisk next to it.

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Created by Chris Limb on 4 July 2013 and last updated by David Guest on 15 July 2016