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What is a disk quota?
Article: KB0010370 Published: 03-12-2013 Last modified: 14-04-2015

What is a disk quota?

A disk quota provides a fixed and limited amount of storage. Disk quotas are assigned to home directories, file shares and email mailboxes. By assigning quotas, no single user or area can consume enough space to cause an outage to the system or impact other users. Quotas also allow Deakin eSolutions (DeS) to ensure that university resources are distributed equitably across all areas.

You can check how much of your assigned quota you are using on file shares and home directories by looking at the size of the file share when it is mapped to a workstation. For example to check how much used and free space you have on your home directory while logged into a Windows workstation go to Computer, right click on your home directory and select Properties.

Once you reach your quota you will be unable to write any more data or files to the location and you may receive an error from the application you are using. If you reach your quota on your home directory you will also immediately be sent an email informing you that you have reached your quota and need to clean up files. You will also be sent a reminder email every 24 hours that you are over quota. If you reach your quota you should delete or archive any no longer used or old files to reduce the amount of space you are using.

How do I request a larger quota?

Additional quota is only provided for home directories under exceptional circumstances, as your home directory is provided for non-corporate work-related files and incidental personal files. Staff will require sufficient justification and explanation of the usage of the data in their home directory, and more specifically justification as to why the data is not stored in a file share.

For file shares requests for additional quota are assessed and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In the majority of cases as long as the file storage is being used efficiently, for University business and in accordance with University policy quotas are increased.


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