Free up space in my disk quota


If you are over your soft limit, you will have a week to reduce your usage. Use the "rm" command to delete core files, Web browser cache, etc. If you are over your hard limit, you must delete files to be able to create more. You may need to ssh from a remote machine, since at this point you will usually not be able to login at the graphical console. Then delete files until you are under quota. The following command can help with this process:

"du -k --max-depth=1 . | sort -nr"  

If you need help, you can go to the Operator Office and someone there can help you remove files. Operators can’t help delete files over the phone.


Profiles generally grow in size over time. The most common cause for going over quota is the files that are cached when you use a web browser.

If you go over quota, the first thing that you need to do is figure out what is taking up the most space in your profile.

To do this:

  1. Go to C:\Users\<username>\

  2. Right click on your username and choose "Properties" from the context menu. This will show you the size of your profile. Note: Some files and folder may be hidden by default.

  3. Move desired files to alternative storage. For example UNIX home directory (Y: Drive), redirected folders (My Documents, Windows Desktop, etc.), or cloud storage (Google Drive, etc.)