Personal File Space Quota

PLEASE NOTE: Your email quota is not part of your personal file space quota. For information regarding your email quota please see our Email Quota web page.

1. What is a personal file space quota?

Each user on our Western server has at least 20MB (Megabyte) quota of personal file storage. Your space contains files for your publish web page, files saved to your personal drive in any of the ITS General Purpose Labs and files downloaded while using the Library Sun Work Stations.

2. I have received a message indicating that I've exceeded my personal file space quota. What does this mean, and what should I do about it?

It means that the combined size of the files in your account (such as web pages, images, saved files etc.) is greater than the allowed 20MB maximum. To solve this problem you will need to remove some files from your personal file space. If you have a publish web page then you may want to look at the files in your public_html directory to see if it still contains some outdated files. If you save files to your personal file space from the ITS General Purpose Labs then you should look to see if any of these files are no longer needed. If you require assistance removing files from your personal file space please consult our online documentation How Do I...Clear My Personal File Space for instructions or contact the ITS Help Desk at 519-661-3800 or submit a question with our webform at

3. How can I check my personal file space quota?

You can check your quota through a self serve web form.  You will be presented with information that looks like this:

Disk quotas for jdoe (uid 12345):
Filesystem usage quota limit timeleft files quota limit timeleft
/home/g8 1500 20000 25000 128 10000 15000

This may look confusing, but it is actually quite simple. It is all shown in Kilobytes, with 1000 Kilobytes (KB) equalling approximately one Megabyte (MB). This is what is really means:

  • Filesystem is the file system on which your account is located.
  • Usage refers to how much disk/file space you have used compared to your Quota, which for UWO/panther accounts is 20000KB or 20MB for disk space and 5000 for the number of files in your account. Thus, in our example this person has used 1.5 MB of their 20 MB disk space, and has 128 files out of the possible 5000 they are allowed to have in their account.
  • Limit is the "hard limit" for your account. In other words, once you reach this limit your account will be locked.
  • Timeleft is only used when you have exceeded one of your quotas; for both exceeded disk and file quotas users are given 14 days to clean up their accounts. Once these 14 days have expired you will not be allowed to save anything to the server. You will also receive an e-mail from ITS stating that your quota has been exceeded, which leads us to the obvious question...

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